The ongoing budget session of the Madhya Pradesh State Assembly witnessed uproarious scenes on Friday, as MLAs of the ruling BJP and Opposition Congress exchanged heated arguments over the Opposition’s allegations of bungling of funds by the state government in the name of publicity expenditure for various events and schemes.

Congress MLA Jaivardhan Singh raised the issue in the Question Hour. He alleged that the state government had bungled sums worth crores of rupees in the name of spending it on publicity for events like CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s Narmada Seva Yatra, CM Bhavantar Yojana for farmers, Simhastha 2016 and other government schemes and events.

Pointing out that the state government had spent more than Rs 640 crore over publicity in the past four years and had paid Rs 140 crore to companies from outside the state, Singh demanded full details of all such payments. He also demanded an inquiry into all such dealings.

In reply, state public relations minister Narottam Mishra said that they would look into the matter. However, not satisfied with the reply, another Congress MLA, Jitu Patwari, alleged that the state government was providing false and misleading information in the House. Objecting to that comment, several members of the ruling benches criticised Patwari’s statements.