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
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
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