AAP rebel Pankaj Pushkar suspended from Delhi Assembly

New Delhi: Timarpur MLA Pankaj Pushkar, a dissident face of ruling AAP, was on Friday suspended from the Delhi Assembly for two days as he kept on demanding a discussion on EWS category in schools despite the Speaker's objection.

The suspension bars Pushkar from partaking in the Assembly's proceedings today and on November 30, when it will meet next after the weekend. The session has been extended till December 4.

Home Minister Satyender Jain moved the proposal to suspend Pushkar, which was then voted upon. Following unanimous approval from the House, Speaker Ram Niwas Goel gave his ruling in favour of Pushkar's suspension.

Meanwhile, the six woman MLA's of AAP including Alka Lamba, walked out of the House demanding BJP legislator O P Sharma's "permanent suspension" for using derogatory language against her.

Earlier, Leader of Opposition Vijender Gupta gave a notice demanding suspension of House proceedings alleging that the government was not following the constitution in its functionings. It was rejected by the Speaker prompting a walkout by Gupta and BJP MLA Jagdish Pradhan. 

"We did not want to obstruct the proceedings. But the BJP MLAs themselves demanded suspension of work instead of apologising for their colleagues' mistake," Lamba said. 

Yesterday, Sharma, who is BJP's Vishwas Nagar (East) MLA, was suspended from the Assembly for the rest of the ongoing Winter Session by Goel for using derogatory language against Lamba.

Goel also referred the matter to the Ethics Committee of the House for further probe as six women MLAs of AAP, sporting black badges, sat in the well of the House demanding permanent suspension of Sharma and that he be "jailed".

Suspension betrays arrogance of ruling AAP: Pushkar

New Delhi: The Speaker's ruling suggests a dictatorial tendency, AAP MLA Pankaj Pushkar said after his suspension from the Delhi Assembly for two days and added that the move smacks of "arrogance".

The Timarpur legislator, who has been at odds with the party leadership since the expulsion of Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, said Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has been overrun by "anti-party elements".

Describing his suspension as "undemocratic", Pushkar told PTI, "The issue was to be raised under the 'calling attention' provision and would not require more than two minutes." 

"I wanted to raise the issue of EWS category admissions in schools and creches on DDA land in the capital under the calling attention provision. The government could just state whether it was being complied with or not...the Speaker's step tends towards being dictatorial," Pushkar said. 

But under the same provision, three issues were raised in the House on November 24, when I had first spoken about it, he said. "You may silence my voice but one day you will have to answer to the people."

Pushkar rejected suggestions that he was trying to publicly embarrass AAP by his actions. "The matter I wanted to raise is of public interest. It would rather raise the stature of the party," he said.

"Only an arrogant regime can do that (suspension). But one day you will have to answer some authority and above all the people," he said.

Pushkar has openly sided with Swaraj Abhiyan, an outfit floated by Yadav and Bhushan and has been participating in its events across the country.

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