statesman news service
Raipur, 16 July
Chhattisgarh Assembly speaker Dharamlal Kaushik today suspended 37 Congress MLAs for the day, after an unprecedented uproar rocked the house over the Darbha attack on a Congress convoy that killed 30 people, including several of the party&’s top leaders. The ruling BJP, however, criticised the Opposition, saying they have ‘lowered’ the dignity of the house.
Dressed in black, in protest against the government&’s laxity in providing adequate security to the Congress leaders, Opposition members disrupted the proceedings immediately after the question hour began. The Congress members shouted anti-government slogans and waved posters of slain leaders. The leader of the Opposition, Mr Ravindra Chaubey, raised the issue, saying the way their comrades were killed clearly indicates that the state government was involved in the conspiracy, and that it has no right to rule the state. Speaker Dharamlal Kaushik adjourned the house for 15 minutes after he failed to rein in the agitated opposition.
The House again witnessed a huge din over the issue when Mr Mohammed Akbar raised the point of order, after the house was resumed. He said the speaker&’s deletion of a few concerns raised by the Congress members on Monday was un-parliamentary. However, the speaker said he would the entertain point of order only if the members allowed the proceedings of the House to go on.
The Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Mr Brij Mohan Agarwal, tried to intervene but the slogan-shouting Congress members created a ruckus again and stormed into the well. The Congress alleged that the BJP government was ‘a murderer’ and ‘a friend of Naxalites’. In response, the treasury benches, too, started shouting slogans.
Amid a crescendo, the Speaker suspended 37 Congress MLAs for the day. Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh charged the Opposition of demeaning the dignity and glory of the House by wearing a black attire.