Women want marshals in the House to keep them safe

Jan 22 2013, 00:02 IST
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SummaryNorth corporation Mayor meets Lt-Governor, gets in-principle nod, provides footage of proceedings.

After levelling allegations of misbehaviour with women councillors, the mayor of North corporation led a delegation of councillors to Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna on Monday, asking for marshals in the House.

After the BJP objected to inauguration of a road underbridge at Roshanara Bagh by the Chief Minister, a Congress councillor from Bawana, Devender Kumar, turned around and started shouting at BJP women councillors. The women councillors objected to his behaviour and Mayor Meera Aggarwal had to intervene.

I asked the commissioner to remove the councillor from House, but there was no one to do so. We have felt the need for marshals for a long time. Finally, after meeting the L-G, I have decided to write to the commissioner, who will provide 10 staffers to be deputed as marshals. The L-G gave in-principle approval to the proposal. We have provided video footage of house proceedings, when the councillor misbehaved with women councillors of the BJP, Aggarwal said.

Congress women councillors alleged that BJP councillor and Deputy Chairman of Education Committee Ram Kishan Bansiwal made improper gestures and comments in the House. BJP should take action Bansiwal, who has misbehaved with me many times. I have been ignoring it for quite some time, but now that the BJP has raised this issue, I felt that I too should register a complaint against him. We too demand inquiry, Congress councillor from Malkaganj Guddi Devi said.

Bansiwal refuted allegations levelled against him. This is a political act and we have video footage which will prove that the allegations are baseless, Bansiwal said.

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