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
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.