Kapil Mishra assaulted in Delhi Assembly: Former Delhi minister Kapil Mishra was on Wednesday assaulted inside Delhi Legislative Assembly, footage from various TV channels showed. Reports said that Mishra was allegedly interrupting the assembly proceedings despite repeated warnings from the Speaker. After being hit, Kapil Mishra was marshalled out of the assembly. Mishra said that this was the first time that an MLA has been beaten up inside the Assembly premises by fellow MLAs. Interestingly, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia were present inside the Delhi Assembly when the incident took place.
“I had written a letter to the speaker, I had sought time to speak in Delhi Assembly, I was demanding a special Assembly session in Ram Leela Maidan,” Mishra told reporters outside the Delhi Assembly. “4-5 MLAs were sent and I was thrown out, Marshalls are the one who should do this,” Mishra said. “I want to tell Arvind Kejriwal that I am not afraid of his goons, he is exposed now,” Mishra added.
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AAP lawmakers, including Madan Lal, Jarnail Singh, were seen lunging at Mishra and dragging him as he raised a poster referring to the allegations. Soon, speaker Ram Niwas Goel ordered him to be marshalled out of the House. Later, the speaker adjourned the House, which was convened to pass the state GST bill, for 15 minutes, PTI reported.
“I was not allowed to speak. The moment I attempted to speak, four to five AAP MLAs started hitting me. It is perhaps
for the first time that MLAs have been used to muffle a dissenting voice inside the House,” Mishra told reporters. However, Mishra alleged Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia of organising the entire episode, saying the MLAs rushed towards him after he “prompted” them to do so.
Mishra said that he was trying to throw light on an alleged medicine scam. Earlier on Tuesday, the sacked Delhi minister sought Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal’s direct intervention in the city’s health department over an alleged scam in purchase of medicines. The rebel AAP MLA has been alleging irregularities in purchase of medicines and in payment to suppliers.
However, the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi Government has rejected his charges as baseless, saying all its hospitals have at least 80 per cent availability of medicines. “It is saddening that the chief minister is putting pressure on the chief secretary while keeping mum on the role of the health secretary or the health minister over the issue. I think the CM’s order, going out of the way, should also be considered an act of corruption,” Mishra wrote to the LG.