The functioning of the Delhi Assembly was stalled for close to an hour on Wednesday after two men, claiming to be Aam Aadmi Party volunteers, hurled paper missiles into the House from the visitors’ gallery and shouted slogans against Public Works Department Minister Satyendra Jain, PTI reported. Subsequently, the two men were allegedly thrashed by AAP MLAs before being sentenced to a month in jail by the speaker.
The accused, identified as Rajan Kumar and Jagdeep Rana, were detained by the Assembly marshals after they loudly criticised the AAP and accused Jain of corruption. While being taken away, they were allegedly beaten up by a few AAP members. However, the police intervened and stopped the scuffle, reported The New Indian Express. Rana was eventually taken away for a medical examination in an ambulance while Madan remained inside the Assembly building.
After the house reconvened, AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj moved a motion seeking action against the duo, after which Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel ordered them to a in month in jail. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was not in the House when the incident took place.
While the AAP MLAs denied any role in the violence, Bhartiya Janta Party legislators have asked for strict action against them. Delhi BJP President Manoj Tiwari said the arrogance of the Delhi government and AAP was responsible for the “violence and anarchy” in the Assembly.
“The violence seen after a small incident of democratic protest by a visitor in the House shows that Arvind Kejriwal government is averse to any protest,” the BJP leader was quoted as saying by IANS.