Opposition BJP MLAs were on Monday marshaled out of the Delhi Assembly ahead of the confidence motion tabled by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
BJP MLAs were demanding a calling attention motion and a short discussion on various issues including the CVC report on constriction of classrooms, and excise policy 2021-22 among others.
BJP MLAs came to the well of the House after Deputy Speaker Rakhi Birla rejected their demand for calling attention motion. She then asked them to leave the House for the entire day. They were subsequently marshaled out.
Kejriwal on Friday had alleged that the opposition party's 'Operation Lotus' to topple his government failed as it could not poach any of the AAP MLAs. The AAP national convener also alleged that the BJP had targeted 40 AAP MLAs and offered Rs 20 crore to each of them to switch sides.
"I want to bring a Motion of Confidence in the assembly so that it can be proved in front of the people of Delhi that the BJP's 'Operation Lotus Delhi' has become 'Operation Kichad'," Kejriwal had said. The BJP's fight is not against corruption and its 'Operation Lotus' is a method of grabbing power by deceit, he had said.
The BJP accused Kejriwal of using the assembly for fanning political propaganda and indulging in drama to divert people's attention from the liquor "scam" of his government.
The AAP has 62 MLAs in the 70-member Delhi Assembly, while the BJP has eight.