BJP calls for Afzal Guru hanging, marshaled out of Delhi Assembly

For the second consecutive day, members of Opposition BJP were marshaled out of the Delhi Assembly for stalling proceedings and shouting slogans in the well of the House.

Soon after the session started on Thursday, BJP MLAs demanded a resolution paying homage to the victims of the Parliament attack. Later, they started shouting slogans asking that Afzal Guru, convicted for the terror attack, be hanged. Following the ruckus, the members were marshalled out of the Assembly.

Leader of Opposition V K Malhotra said all the BJP did was request the Speaker, Yoganand Shastri, for a resolution to pay homage to the victims of the Parliament attack. "All we wanted was a resolution for two minutes, but it seems the ruling Congress had decided to use any issue to throw us out of the House. In this four-day session, we have been thrown out twice. Of the 84 days of the Assembly, we have been thrown out for 41 days," Malhotra said.

After the Speaker refused a resolution, BJP MLAs entered the well of the House and began chanting slogans against the Congress and demanding that Afzal Guru be hanged. When the BJP refused to maintain order, despite two adjournments — of 25 minutes and 30 minutes — Shastri ordered the marshals to remove the members.

According to Shastri, he did not want to politicise an issue such as a terror attack. "This is a very sensitive issue and I did not want to politicise it," he said.

The BJP had planned several protests during Thursday's session, including a no-confidence motion against the Speaker. "Now we have been suspended from the remainder of this session. We will bring a no-confidence motion against the Speaker in the next session," Malhotra said.

He said the other issues the BJP intended to raise on Thursday included the Lok Ayukta report involving CM Sheila Dikshit, the Annashree Yojana and the alleged links of Delhi ministers Arvinder Singh Lovely and Haroon Yusuf with Ponty Chadha and his brother Hardeep.

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