New Delhi, Nov 25: In an embarrassment to the BJP, party MLA Om Prakash Sharma was on Tuesday suspended from the Delhi Assembly for two days for making sexist remarks against AAP legislator Alka Lamba.
Media reports quoted the BJP MLA from Vishwas Nagar as saying, "Ye toh Raat Bhar ghumne wali", a statement raised to question one's character.
Sharma has been suspended till Thursday by Speaker Ram Niwas Goel even as AAP's women legislators demanded his permanent suspension and apology from the BJP MLA or Opposition leader Vijendra Gupta.
Sharma made the remarks during a discussion on homeless people and night shelters in the city, initiated through a calling attention motion by BJP's Vijender Gupta.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also expressed his shock over the comments and hoped BJP would take action against him. "Am shocked at language used by OP Sharma, BJP MLA, against a lady MLA. 2 days back also, he abused a lady MLA. Hope BJP will act against him (sic)," Kejriwal tweeted.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia termed the incident as "shameful' in the history of Assembly and said that Sharma or the Opposition leader should tender an apology. Protesting against the BJP legislator, five women AAP MLAs -- Lamba, Bandana Kumari, Rakhi Birla, Bhavna Gaur and Parmila Tokas -- and other ruling party MLAs came into the Well, demanding strict action against Sharma.
Defending Sharma, BJP MLA Vijender Gupta alleged that AAP MLA Amanatullah and Lamba tried to slap him and Sharma, which the Speaker termed as "baseless".
"Two days back, Sharma also used derogatory remarks against Lamba on a news channel and thereafter, women MLAs complained to me against the BJP MLA. Today as well, he used bad language against Lamba.
"I have suspended him till Thursday. I will take a final decision on Thursday on a government suggestion that Sharma's matter should be sent to Assembly's Ethics Committee," the Speaker told reporters here.