House proceedings adjourned twice due to sloganeering
New Delhi: The House proceedings of the Delhi Assembly were on Wednesday adjourned twice amid protests by the ruling AAP legislators, who trooped into the Well, alleging "casteist" remark by BJP MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa.
Normalcy restored and the House took up its scheduled business after Sirsa tendered an apology. "I did not intend to hurt anyone and I apologise if anyone felt so due to my remark," he said.
Earlier, Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel adjourned the House proceedings for half an hour as AAP legislators trooped into the Well, demanding suspension of Sirsa over his alleged "casteist" remarks.
Nitin Tyagi, the AAP's MLA from Laxmi Nagar, demanded action against Sirsa. Other MLAs of the ruling party also supported Tyagi.
The Aam Aadmi Party legislators trooped into the Well of the House, demanding suspension of Sirsa, an MLA from the Rajouri Garden constituency.
The speaker requested the legislators to go back to their seats, but when they did not relent, he adjourned the House proceedings for 30 minutes.
The AAP legislators continued to raise slogans --'Sirsa ko bahar karo' and again trooped into the Well of the House, forcing the speaker to adjourn the House again for 15 minutes.
When the House reassembled after the second adjournment, Sirsa sought apology paving way for restoration of normal business by the House.
On Tuesday, AAP legislators accused Sirsa of using "casteist remarks" in the House while participating in a discussion on "hardship" being faced by the sanitation workers.