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New Delhi: Days after AAP’s Timarpur MLA Pankaj Pushkar was suspended from the Delhi Assembly for two days, the fledgling party’s Laxmi Nagar legislator Nitin Tyagi moved a breach of privilege motion against the former on Wednesday.

Pushkar has filed a police complaint against Tyagi alleging threat to his life.

In his notice to Speaker Ram Niwas Goel, Tyagi said the “politically motivated” charges against him had left him “traumatised”. Goel accepted the notice and referred the matter to the privilege committee of the House.

“I have not threatened him. Whatever he is alleging are baseless and politically motivated. I am feeling distressed and traumatised over the whole episode. Even my children are having to face questions in school,” Tyagi said.

In his complaint, lodged at the Civil Lines police station on November 27, Pushkar had accused Tyagi of giving death threats inside and outside the House for speaking against the party in various public forums.

Pushkar, also an active member of Swaraj Abhiyan, recently released a copy of the draft Jan Lokpal Bill to the media before it was tabled in the Assembly, leading to huge uproar.

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Pushkar, following his suspension from Delhi Assembly on Friday, had said the Speaker’s ruling suggested a dictatorial tendency and smacked of “arrogance”.

Alleging that AAP has been overrun by “anti-party elements”, Pushkar, who has been at odds with the party leadership over the expulsion of Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, described his suspension as “undemocratic”.

Pushkar was suspended as he kept on demanding a discussion on EWS category in schools despite the Speaker’s objection. Delhi Home Minister Satyender Jain moved a proposal in this regard which was voted upon.

“The issue was to be raised under the ‘calling attention’ provision and would not require more than two minutes, ” Pushkar said.

“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,” he added.

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

Pushkar denied that he was trying to embarrass AAP by his actions.

(With inputs from agencies)

  • Rakesh Manchanda

    Instead of Gagging Voice and bullying each other the Hon.Delhi Government must allow each MLA a fair right to speak

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BJP Holds Arvind Kejriwal Responsible For Sanitation Worker’s Death

According to police, he had gone to clean the drain but got trapped in the silt and garbage in the drain

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The BJP on Monday held Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal responsible for the death of a sanitation worker in a drain saying that the government was playing with their lives as they are not given protective gear.

“This is not the first time that such an incident has happened. Due to the negligence of the government, sanitation staff goes for cleaning sewers and dies there after inhaling toxic fumes. They are never saved even after rescue operations,” Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari told reporters here.

His remarks come a day after a sanitation worker choked to death after he got trapped inside an underground drain while cleaning it in north Delhi’s Jahroda area.

The work of cleaning the drain was being carried out by the Delhi government’s flood control department.

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“Sanitation workers are our helpers and Kejriwal government is playing with their lives,” he said.

Highlighting the deaths of sanitation workers in Delhi in the past few years, the BJP MP from the North East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency said that in September 2018, five sanitation workers died while in August 2017, 10 died inside sewers.

“Kejriwal is responsible for the deaths of sanitation workers who die while cleaning sewers and the investigating agencies should take action against him,” he said.

Attacking Kejriwal, Tiwari said, “During the last three to four years, more than 60 workers have died.”

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Arvind Kejriwal giving speech during chanda bandh satyagrah

He also accused Kejriwal of not fulfilling his promise of providing safety equipment to sewer workers and mechanical sweeping.

A senior Delhi Police official said that it has registered a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code over the death of the sanitation worker.

The sanitation worker has been identified as Kishan, 37, a resident of north Delhi’s Wazirabad area.

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According to police, he had gone to clean the drain but got trapped in the silt and garbage in the drain.

His body was taken out from the drain by a team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) late on Sunday night. (IANS)