Denied discussion on water, BJP stages walkout in Delhi Assembly 
Denied discussion on water, BJP stages walkout in Delhi Assembly 
Praveen Dwivedi
Denied discussion on water, BJP stages walkout in Delhi Assembly 
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Denied discussion on water, BJP stages walkout in Delhi Assembly 

The first day of two-day Delhi Assembly session commenced on Monday witnessed high-voltage drama on water issue. As the House proceedings began, the uproar begun with the Leader of the Opposition, Vijender Gupta, and other BJP MLAs accusing the AAP-led Delhi government of supplying dirty water. 

The BJP MLAs demanded a discussion on the matter. However, their request was turned down by Speaker Ram Niwas Goyal.

Gupta and three BJP legislators, Manjinder Singh Sirsa, Om Prakash Sharma and Jagdish Pradhan, persisted with their demand flashing bottles filled with dirty water they had brought with them. 

Later, speaking to the press, Gupta said, "We wanted to have a discussion on the supply of dirty water in Delhi. We had submitted two requests calling attention motion and adjournment motion to discuss the issue," 

To prove his point, he cited Bureau of Indian Standard (BSI) report that the water supplied in Delhi failed quality tests conducted by it. But despite this, he lamented that the Opposition was not being allowed to raise the issue. 

Following the Speaker's decision not to allow discussion on the matter, all the four BJP legislators walked out of the House to register their protest.

However, the proceedings of the Assembly resumed soon after and the Delhi government presented 'Sports University Bill. Participating in a discussion on the Bill, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said political leaders and bureaucrats won’t have a say on the functioning of the proposed sports university.

"In the last 70 years, the country has won only 28 medals in Olympics. In the last Olympics in 2016, China won 70 medals," he said, adding that there was no dearth of talent in India.