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3 BJP MLAs suspended for sitting on Speaker’s chair and create ruckus on second day of HP Assembly session

The entire day was wasted in slogan-shouting and drama created by the MLAs. The debate on the centre’s decision of demonetization of high currency notes was also conducted in the absence of the opposition.

SHIMLA- On the second day of winter session of Himachal Pradesh Assembly at Tapovan in Kangra district, three MLAs of the Bhartiya Janata Paty (BJP) were reportedly suspended for rest of the session for violating the dignity of the house by sitting on chair of the Speaker, Brij Bihari Lal Butail in his absence and announcing adjournment of the house after which the opposition left the house.

As per reports, the opposition moved the motion demanding debate on corruption cases against the Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, which was denied by the speaker saying the matter is sub-judice and pending in the Delhi High Court.

BJP MLAs, Suresh Bhardwaj, Dr. Rajeev Bindal, and Randhir Sharma protested against rejection of the motion and reached Speaker’s podium twice and raised slogans demanding the discussion claiming that the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) has dismissed CM’s appeal in the I-T returns case and the CBI has also completed its charge-sheet. So, therefore, the matter is hardly sub-judice, said the opposition. There was exchange of furious comments from both sides. The speaker had to adjourn the proceedings of the house for 15 minutes due to ruckus created by the MLAs.

Reportedly, before the Speaker could returned to the seat to continue the session, Suresh Bhardwaj reportedly sat on the Speaker’s chair and said, “the house is adjourned for the day”. Before, the session could be resumed, all MLAs including Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal left the house.

The speaker and MLAs of ruling party including the CM termed the incident as unfortunate and said that the dignity of the house was compromised openly. Later, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Mukesh Agnihotri moved a motion and said that no one can occupy the chair of the Speaker without permission. Moreover, Agnihotri added, when the Deputy Speaker was present in the house, no one can sit on Speaker’s chair. The motion was accepted and aforesaid MLAs were suspended for rest of the assembly session. 

The Chief Minster said it was the first time that he witnessed such absurdity in the house. It’s a matter of shame that all of it happened in the presence of leader opposition P.K. Dhumal, who have been on the CM chair twice.

It’s Not the First Time: Dhumal

Defending his party, Dhumal criticized the CM for claiming that that it was the first time that such ruckus was created in the HP Assembly. He reminded that in 1979, similar scene was witnessed. He also said that during last session, the Congress MLAs had torn apart documents and had created so much drama that one of BJP’s MLAa had broken his finger. The current trend in the house reminds of the emergency imposed during the tenure of Indira Gandhi, said Dhumal.

The entire day was wasted in slogan-shouting and drama created by the MLAs. The debate on the centre’s decision of demonetization of high currency notes was also conducted in the absence of the opposition.

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