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Cong-BJP indulge in mudslinging on coalgate, snoopgate and Smriti

RAIPUR: Controversies of 'Coalgate', 'snoopgate' and the alleged "fake" degree of union HRD minister, Smriti Irani, echoed in the Chhattisgarh assembly on Tuesday with BJP and Congress legislators indulging in a mudslinging match, as the state's food department scam once again rocked the proceedings.

Congress legislators disrupted the proceedings over the issues of Food Department scam, Monday's lathicharge on party workers and BJP legislators naming former UPA Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, in connection with the coal scam. The Congress boycotted the day's proceedings and also staged a walkout to protest to register their protest.

Pandemonium ruled from the word go, as Leader of the Opposition, TS Singhdeo, was up on his feet along with other Congress legislators as soon as the house assembled for the question hour and demanded an inquiry into the lathicharge on party workers. However, speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal disallowed any discussion on the issue and urged the Congress legislators not to disrupt the question hour.

As soon as the question hour was over, Congress MLAs were once again up on their feet demanding a discussion on the food department scam. BJP legislator, Shivratan Sharma, raised the issue of the coal scam and said that even Dr Manmohan Singh had been summoned as accused in the case.

The attack on the former Prime Minister further infuriated the Congress legislators with Singhdeo taking strong objections to it. Demanding that the reference to Dr Manmohan Singh should be expunged from the proceedings, Singhdeo said they too would raise the issue of involvement of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah in the 'snoopgate' and the fake degree of HRD minister Smriti Irani.

When repeated appeals by the Speaker to restore order in the house failed, he adjourned the proceedings for five minutes. The proceedings however, resumed after 40 mins and as soon as the house assembled, Singhdeo and Congress leader, Satyanarayan Sharma again raised the issue of lathicharge on party workers during the culmination of the Kisan Mazdoor Nyaya Yatra.

Accusing the administration of highhandedness, the leaders claimed that workers, including women, were beaten by the police mercilessly.

The two leaders demanded a discussion on the subject and said they had moved an adjournment notice for it. The speaker however rejected the adjournment motion citing some discrepancies in the notice. Not happy with the ruling, Congress legislator, Amit Jogi stated that under rule 268, the Speaker has the power to veto and allow discussions on the subject.

As speaker did not allow the discussion, Congress legislators kept raising slogans against the government and later staged a walkout and boycotted the proceedings. The house meanwhile took up discussions on a call attention motion on deaths due to swine flu and settlement of government land by department in district Gariyaband. The speaker later also allowed general discussion on budget in the absence of Congress.