New Delhi: The ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday demanded the ‘permanent removal’ of Bharatiya Janata Party member O.P. Sharma from the Delhi assembly, a day after he was suspended for using sexually derogatory language against a woman legislator.

“Yesterday what O.P. Sharma did in the assembly is embarrassing. Three-four days back also he had used words against our MLA Alka Lamba," deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said while addressing a press conference along with five women AAP MLAs.

During a discussion on homeless people and night shelters on Tuesday, Sharma attacked Lamba, saying in Hindi, “Ye toh raat bhar ghumne wali" (she’s the kind who roams around throughout the night).

He was suspended from the assembly until Thursday. AAP members have now demanded that the BJP take action against Sharma and he be removed from the assembly.

Sisodia said on Wednesday, “The question that arises from this is that does the BJP want such a country where women are attacked. What action is the party taking? The BJP has to decide what they will do against their MLA. Our demand is that the BJP take action against the member and remove him from the party and the assembly. He even attacked the speaker of the House. Why does the BJP feel the need to undertake such politics?"

Lamba added, “This is the kind of politics that we need to fight. This is not my fight alone. If an elected BJP member can use such language in the assembly, who will like to send their mothers and daughters into politics. We have demanded that he be removed from the assembly and appropriate action be taken so he can be sent to jail."

AAP supporters also protested outside Sharma’s house on Wednesday.

“In the House steps can only be taken by the speaker. We urge him to take a decision fast on this as important bills will be stuck if the House doesn’t function. Yesterday was also a wasted day," Sisodia said.

The Delhi assembly has till Friday to pass key bills including the Delhi School Education (Amendment) Bill, 2015 and Delhi ( Right of Citizen to Time Bound Delivery of Services) Amendment Bill. While the cabinet has passed the anti-corruption Jan Lokpal Bill, it is yet to be introduced in the assembly.

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