Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislator Alka Lamba on Wednesday demanded that BJP MLA O P Sharma be disqualified from holding the membership of the Delhi assembly and sent behind bars for making “derogatory” remarks against her.
“We have urged Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia to ensure Sharma is disqualified as member of the assembly. Legal action should be initiated against him and he should be sent to jail for his comment,” Lamba said at a press conference.
Delhi assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel on Tuesday suspended Sharma from the house until Thursday after he made a comments against Alka Lamba during discussion in the assembly on homeless people and night shelters in the city.
Alka Lamba said Sharma’s comment had hurt the sentiments of all six women legislators in Delhi, inlcluding her.
“Sharma’s comment will create hurdles in the entry of more women into politics. No family will allow its women members to join politics after hearing such objectionable comment,” the AAP leader said.
Other five Delhi women legislators have also demanded strict action against Sharma and called his comment an “insult to all women”.
AAP supporters protest outside O P Sharma’s residence over Alka Lamba remark
Supporters of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) demonstrated on Wednesday in front of the residence of O P Sharma, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member of the Delhi Assembly, demanding punitive action against him for the “derogatory” remarks he allegedly made against Alka Lamba, the ruling party legislator.
Sharma made the comments in question during a discussion in the assembly on homeless people and night shelters in the city.
“He should face much more severe punishment. Just two-day suspension is not enough for him,” said a demonstrator.
Another AAP supporter said: “He has repeatedly said derogatory things against Alka Lamba. This is unacceptable. How can he say such things about a women and that too in Delhi assembly?”
During the discussion, opposition leader Vijender Gupta of the Bharatiya Janata party accused the AAP government of not being serious about the deaths of the homeless people as the winter was setting in.
Alka Lamba objected to Gupta’s remark, saying a large number of homeless people have been dying because of drug abuse, not cold. It was then that Sharma allegedly made the remarks in question against Lamba.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday tweeted his “shock” over Sharma’s remarks.
“Am shocked at language used by O.P. Sharma, BJP MLA, against a lady MLA. 2 days back also, he abused a lady MLA. Hope BJP will act against him,” said his tweet.