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Delhi CM criticises Biharis; uproar in Parliament

Last updated on: May 10, 2007 15:08 IST

Rashtriya Janata Dal leader and former Union minister Davinder Prasad Yadav has said his party would oppose Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit's entry to any official function related to celebrations of 1857.

Dikshit had on Wednesday said that the people of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh who were migrating to Delhi had become a burden on the capital's resources.

"You see how we tackle her on Thursday when she comes to attend Speaker Somnath Chatterjee's function. She has hurt the sentiments of the Biharis by making the alleged statement," he said.

Ram Kripal Yadav, also of the RJD, said that the she must resign forthwith.

"Since when has Sheela Dikshit become the resident of Delhi? She was from Unnao before she contested elections ten years back and became chief minister of Delhi," he said.

Davinder Prasad said that under the constitution every citizen was free to move from one place to another throughout India and earn his livelihood. "She has insulted the self respecting poor Biharis who are living in Delhi for maintaining their families. You must have been how we raised the issue in Lok Sabha on Thursday," he said.

PTI adds:

Dikshit's remarks rocked the Lok Sabha too, with the RJD, along with the Samajwadi Party and Opposition BJP demanding her resignation. As soon as the House assembled for Question Hour, SP and BJP members trooped into the well raising slogans against Dikshit.

Later, RJD members also moved to the well, forcing adjournment for an hour. When the House re-assembled at noon, there was pandemonium with BJP, RJD and SP members, all rushing to the well.

After repeated pleas, Speaker Somnath Chatterjee managed to make a brief announcement relating to functions scheduled for the day to mark the 150th anniversary of the 1857 uprising.

No sooner had he made the announcement, than the members were back in the well insisting that Dikshit should tender an unconditional apology. The speaker mentioned that Dikshit had apologised for her remarks and the members should allow the House to function.

As the din continued, he adjourned the House. Dikshit, who had triggered a political storm with her comments, has already expressed regrets.
Onkar Singh in New Delhi