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Cong stage walk out on allowing Chhattisgarh employees to participate in RSS activities

RAIPUR: Slogans of “Jai Shree Ram” and “Bhagwakaran Nahi Chalega” (saffronisation would not be allowed) echoed in the Chhattisgarh assembly on Wednesday as the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress members indulged in a game of one-upmanship over the government's recent decision allowing its employees to participate in activities of RSS and 'shakhas'.

Accusing the government of attempting to ‘saffronise’ the employees, Congress legislators staged a walkout to protest the Speaker’s decision disallowing a discussion (under rule 131) on the subject. Congress leader Amit Jogi raised the issue during the zero hour and said the RSS cannot be called a non-political organisation.

Accusing the government of politicisation of its employees, Jogi said the decision was wrong as all employees were bound by the Constitution. Joining him Congress legislator, Satynarayan Sharma, and other MLAs said the matter was serious and they would not allow the saffronisation of the administration. The MLAs further sought discussion on the issue under the rule 131.

Speaker, Gaurishankar Agrawal, said he had received the notice for discussion and would consider it in due course. When he disallowed the discussion, Congress MLAs started shouting slogans – ‘Bhagwakaran nahi Chalega and Bhagwakaran band karo (stop saffronisation) - and staged a walkout.

Countering their slogans, BJP MLA Mahesh Gagda and others started shouting slogan-'Jai Shree Ram' inside the House. The sloganeering continued till the time the Congress workers walked out of the house.

The Chhattisgarh government had last month revoked the ban on the participation of government employees in RSS activities. The decision had then also provoked a strong response from the opposition.