BJP counters AAP’s overnight protest at Delhi Assembly with same, demands resignation of Sisodia and Jain

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Hours after the AAP announced a nighttime protest at the Delhi Assembly building, the BJP said on Monday that its MLAs will also hold a nighttime protest there to demand the resignation of ministers Manish Sisodia and Satyendar Jain over alleged corruption.

In a BJP statement, opposition leader Ramvir Singh Bidhuri said the party’s MLAs were forced to sit on a dharna because they were not heard in the meeting.

All eight MLAs of the BJP were not part of the proceedings of the special session of the Delhi Assembly on Monday and Friday as they were sent out of the House on both days.

Earlier in the day, the AAP said its MLAs will camp overnight on the grounds of Vidhan Sabha and are demanding an investigation against Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena for allegedly pressuring two of his employees to buy demonetized notes worth Rs. 1,400 crore during his tenure as the Khadi and Village Chairman Industry Committee (KVIC) in 2016.

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During proceedings in the House earlier in the day, AAP lawmakers penetrated the well and demanded Saxena’s resignation, alongside an investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

In its statement, the BJP said its MLAs were again “unconstitutionally” expelled from the Delhi Assembly on Monday and that “no issue should be raised”.

“The meeting of the BJP Legislative Party was held this afternoon under the chairmanship of opposition leader Ramvir Singh Bidhuri and it was decided that the BJP MLAs would sit on a dharna near the statues of Shaheed Azam Bhagat Singh, Raj Guru and Sukhdev in the conference rooms. This protest will continue all night,” it said.

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Bidhuri claimed that Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia was involved in the multi-crore drink “scam” and noted that Minister Satyendar Jain is in jail in a money laundering case.

“BJP MLAs have decided to sit on a dharna and demand the resignation of these two ministers. Since their voices were not heard in the assembly, they have been forced to sit on a dharna in the Congress Building,” said the leader of the opposition.

Earlier, the BJP came forward in defense of Saxena, saying that AAP leaders are leveling corruption charges against him “in order to get revenge”.

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Based on the recommendations of the LG, the CBI has registered an FIR related to the alleged irregularities in the formulation and implementation of the Delhi Government’s 2021-22 excise tax policy.

The agency also raided the home of Sisodia, who also has the excise portfolio and is a suspect in the case.

Last week, Saxena asked for a report from the chief secretary about a delay of more than two and a half years in the action of a report by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) on an investigation into the construction of additional classrooms in government schools of the United States. Delhi.