BJP MLA, OP Sharma, faces disqualification from Delhi Assembly


BJP MLA, OP Sharma, is facing disqualification from Delhi Assembly on alleged sexist remarks he made against the ruling AAP MLA, Alka Lamba.

On Tuesday, the Ethics Committee of Delhi Assembly submitted its report on Sharma’s conduct in relation to his alleged derogatory remarks about Lamba.

The Hindu quoted the assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel as saying, “I have got the report but it is still sealed. We will try to table it on Wednesday, as the budget will also be discussed. On Thursday, it will definitely be tabled.”

The Ethics Committee had reportedly called Sharma to apologise but he refused prompting it to recommend his expulsion from the Delhi Assembly. The Committee found him a ‘habitual offender’ who had ‘temper issues’ adding that such behaviour could not be tolerated.

Once the report is tabled, the House would vote and, if approved, Sharma would lose his membership from the House.

Sharma, for his part, alleged that since the Ethics Committee had all AAP MLAs, he wouldn’t be surprised ‘if they expel me.’

In November last year, Sharma was briefly suspended from the Assembly for calling Lamba ‘raat bhar ghoomne waali (one who roams around all through the night).

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had also asked the Bharatiya Janata Party to expel Sharma from the party.

In December last year, the Delhi Assembly had passed a resolution to recover Rs. 18,560 from his salary towards the cost incurred in replacing a mike he had damaged during a Budget session in June 2015 and had warned him not to repeat such action.