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Metro fare hike: BJP MLAs marshalled out of assembly before

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A discussion on the proposed metro fare hike got off to a rocky start in the Assembly today with two MLAs, who sought an apology from Chief Minister Kejriwal for using "foul language" during a recent debate on guest teachers, being marshalled out of the House.

Speaker Ram Niwas Goel ordered that Manjinder Singh Sirsa and Om be marshalled out as the MLAs kept raising the issue despite his repeated requests to stick to the agenda of fare hike, for which the day-long special session has been convened.

This prompted a walkout by the other two MLAs, Vijender Gupta and Jagdish Pradhan.

Sirsa alleged that Kejriwal's statement in the House, during the October 4 debate on guest teachers, directed at the BJP was "derogatory and insulting to women".

Goel, in his response, said the BJP was merely trying to divert attention from the issue of metro fare hike. "You are taking towards destruction," he said at one point, as MLAs collectively derided Sirsa.

Intervening in the debate, Gupta sought to know why the government, which has been opposing the fare hike, was not reducing value-added tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel, which will lead to a further fall in fuel prices in the city.

Goel said he will ensure that VAT is reduced provided the Centre manages to withhold the proposed fare hike of metro.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, October 09 2017. 18:07 IST