HP Assembly Monsoon Session: BJP stages noisy walkout on first day
Shimla: As expected, the first day of the monsoon session of the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly witnessed noisy walkout by opposition Bhartiya Janata Party. The proceedings of the house were stalled within 15 minutes after the beginning of the four-day session.
BJP demanded the admission of their adjournment motion under Rule 67 (Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly).
The opposition asked for an immediate discussion over deteriorating law and order situation in the state.
BJP demanded debate over the Hoshiyar Singh and Kotkhai gang rape and murder case. However, the Speaker BB Butail did not approve of it and said the notice to bring adjournment motion should have been given earlier as per the rules.
The Speaker had to adjourn the proceedings for 15 minutes and assured the opposition that a time will be decided for the debate. The Speaker invited both parties to his chamber to resolve the conflict.
However, the opposition leader Prem Kumar Dhumal and MLAs were again on their feet demanding the admission of their adjournment motion. BJP continued to demand the debate over aforesaid issues and staged a walkout.
The government has received total 125 questions from the MLAs for the monsoon session. The list includes 95 starred and 30 un-starred questions.
The proceedings of the Assembly were adjourned till Wednesday.
It’s pertinent to mention that the Congress government is facing criticism for alleged shoddy police investigation in the gang rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl in Kotkhai Tehsil of Shimla district on June 6, 2017. Prior to Gudiya case, state police was alleged of botched-up investigation in the mysterious death of the forest guard Hoshiyar Singh.
The opposition, as a part of its strategy, is expected to target the issue of law and order during the monsoon session. Remaining days of the last session are also expected to witness noise and walkouts.