Panel wants BJP legislator ousted from Delhi assembly

New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) Dubbing BJP legislator Om Prakash Sharma a “habitual offender”, the Delhi assembly’s Ethics Committee on Wednesday recommended his expulsion for his misconduct in the house.

While senior BJP legislator Vijender Gupta said the report was biased, Sharma — who was recently shown on TV beating up a CPI activist outside a court here — said he will move the Delhi High Court on the issue.

“Given the fact that Om Prakash Sharma, in addition to being found guilty in the very serious matter under investigation, also has to his credit the record of being named by the speaker most number of times for indecorous conduct in the house,” the committee said in its report.

“The committee is left with no choice but to recommend Sharma’s expulsion from the membership of the sixth legislative assembly of the government of NCT (National Capital Territory) of Delhi.”

It is the second report of the nine-member committee chaired by Aam Aadmi Party legislator Narayan Dutt Sharma.

In its earlier report in November last year, the panel recommended a fine on BJP legislator Sharma, who represents Vishwas Nagar, for breaking a microphone in the assembly.

The report said: “He has a history of repeatedly interrupting the proceedings of the house. It is imprudent enough to rush menacingly towards the leader of the house when he’s addressing the house.

“(He) has a record of being fined and warned against unruly behaviour by the house after duly found guilty by the Ethics Committee once earlier for damaging a mike. He has shown neither remorse nor sign of learning from his past mistakes and is a habitual offender,” the committee added.

Sharma was suspended from the assembly for two days in November 2015 for making derogatory remarks against AAP legislator Alka Lamba during an argument over homeless people’s deaths.

The BJP legislator said: “We will approach the high court to challenge the report.”

The committee chairman, Narayan Dutt Sharma, told IANS: “We called Sharma and asked him several times to admit to his mistakes and apologize. But he neither conceded nor admitted his mistakes. He didn’t even show a sense of guilt. Sanjeev Jha (AAP MLA), who sits next to him in assembly, was one of those who reported his unruly behaviour.”

BJP’s Vijender Gupta told IANS: “The report is biased. Not a single committee member is from the BJP. All are from AAP. It is sheer misuse of brute majority. We will move the high court.”

The Aam Aadmi Party has 67 members in the 70-member assembly. Three seats are with the BJP.

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