BJP MLA OP Sharma is likely to face more trouble in the coming days. According various media reports the Ethics Committee of Delhi Assembly has decided to recommend stripping off his membership of the House in connection with a case of hurling “sexist” comments on a woman AAP legislator.
The move comes days after the Viswas Nagar MLA was caught on camera beating a CPI activist in the Patiala House court complex when JNUSU leader Kanhaiya Kumar was being brought to be presented in court by the Delhi Police. Sharma was arrested and later released on bail that led to a massive furore.
In his reaction to the recommendation by the Ethics Committee, Sharma called the move “an attack on democracy”, adding, he had an indication about such a possibility five months ago as the panel has only AAP MLAs. In the middle of Winter session of the Assembly in November last year, Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel had suspended Sharma for rest of the session for using derogatory language against AAP MLA Alka Lamba inside the House. Goel had also referred the matter to the Ethics Committee of the House for further probe. The BJP then wondered how a confidential report was “leaked” and that it may seek legal recourse on the matter.
The Ethics Committee of the House has decided to recommend expulsion of the BJP MLA from the Assembly in connection with the case. The House is likely to take a final decision on Sharma’s membership. They further said that the Committee has held that BJP legislator is a “habitual offender” besides being “unapologetic” over his “misbehaviour”. “The Committee in its several meetings had given Sharma an opportunity to apologise to Lamba, but he refused to do so. Since Sharma refused to apologise to Lamba, the committee has concluded that his conduct is unbecoming of a legislator and a disgrace to the Delhi assembly .