MCD house disrupted over attack on Cong councillor, Akshardham

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New Delhi, Sep 21 (UNI) The recent attack on the Congress Councillor and the notice to the Akshardham Temple by the MCD authorities today echoed in the House, with Congress councillors disrupting proceedings over the issue.

It all started when Leader of the Opposition in the House Jaikishen Sharma charged Mayor Arti Mehra of going back on her promise, given to the Congress in a meeting with them, of suspending those guilty of the attack on the Congress councillor at Shahdara zone allegedly by some BJP members.

The Mayor's offer to set up a committee, comprising members from the BJP and the Congress, failed to pacify the Congress members with Mr Sharma charging Ms Mehra of making false assurances.

The allegation by Mr Sharma led to the ruling party members standing up in protest against the comment on the Mayor.

What ensued were noisy scenes with trading of allegations between the BJP and Congress benches which forced the Mayor to adjourn the proceedings of the House for 30 minutes.

When the House reassembled, the Congress members persisted with their demand for action against the guilty in the attack on the party councillor. They also demanded an explanation from the BJP establishment on the property tax notices to the Akshardham temple authorities.

The Mayor's contention that it was not a notice, but simply an enquiry sent to Akshardham temple under section 123 A and 123 B failed to cut any ice with the Congress members.

''When you are not in power, you turn to Lord Ram. And now you are sending notices to a temple of Lord Ram,''Mr Sharma said.

Raising slogans like ''guilty should be punished'' and ''BJP Hai Hai'', the Congress councillors entered the well of the house and, despite repeated pleas by the Mayor that the Leader of the House Subhash Arya be allowed to make a statement on the issue, refused to allow proceedings, to continue.

When the Mayor did not adjourn the House, Mr Sharma said the Congress councillors had decided to boycott proceedings of the House in protest against the BJP's attitude.


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