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Delhi Assembly: BJP MLAs stage walkout over Jan Lokpal Bill

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Three BJP legislators today staged a walkout from the Assembly after their request for the government's reply on the Bill was turned down, even as accused the Centre of sitting on it for about 21 months.

of the Opposition and BJP MLAs Manjinder Singh Sirsa and Jagdish Pradhan, after staging the walkout, sat on a 'dharna' Arvind Kejriwal's office in the assembly premises.

They sought his apology for spreading "lies" that the file of the Bill is pending with the Centre.

The assembly had passed the Bill on December 4, 2015, and sent it to the Centre through the for approval, Sisodia said.

The said, "After sitting on the Bill for around 21 months, the Centre wakes up and says there should be a discussion on whether the Bill comes under the competence of the Assembly or not."

"The Centre is raising the question on the right of the assembly. If was a full state, Jan would have been enforced in Delhi," Sisodia said.

He, however, did not counter the opposition's allegations that the file related to the Bill was still pending with the

As the House proceedings began today, Gupta, Sirsa and Pradhan demanded a reply from the government on the Bill, but their request was turned down, following which they staged the walkout.

The three BJP leaders also wrote to Kejriwal, demanding that files related to the Bill be tabled in the assembly without delay.

The Bill proposes strict punishment for corrupt government officials in the national capital.

Sisodia had on Wednesday "misled" the House, saying that the Bill is pending with the Centre, Gupta told reporters during the sit-in.

"The government is running away from replying on the status of the Bill. The should apologise to the House over the issue," the of the Opposition said.

Sirsa said the opposition will fight for the Bill and ensure that it is implemented in the national capital.

Yesterday, Gupta and Sirsa were marshalled out of the House while one of their colleagues staged a walkout, demanding Sisodia's apology for "misleading" the House over the Bill.

Gupta yesterday also gave a memorandum to Ram Niwas Goel, bringing to his notice that the was "misleading" the assembly by levelling "false" allegations against the BJP-led Centre during the discussion on full statehood to Delhi.

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First Published: Fri, June 08 2018. 17:15 IST