Vyapam: Members create ruckus in MP assembly, scuffle outside
Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh
assembly was adjourned for a day on Tuesday as pandemonium over the Vyapam scandal
continued for the second day also. A scuffle also broke out later among some
slogan-shouting MLAs outside the House.
The Congress demanded a
discussion on the scam and the Chief Minister’s resignation, several members
from the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) engaged in a scuffle.
In the morning, the
Congress members demanded a discussion on the Vyapam scam before the Question
Hour. The BJP leaders on treasury benches opposed the demand.
Speaker Sita Ram Sharma
adjourned the House for 10 minutes after both sides refused to relent. When the
House reconvened, the speaker had to adjourn it again. Though the speaker
adjourned proceedings of the House twice, the commotion continued and forced
him to adjourn the House till Wednesday.
Even after coming out
of the House, legislators from both sides resorted to shouting slogans against
either side. It was not long before the leaders began pushing each other
violently. Opposition leader Satyadev Katare suffered rib injuries in the
scuffle, and two other Congress legislators Rajnish Singh and Madhu Bhagat also
were injured as they fell down.
Katare later told
reporters that BJP legislator Sudarshan Gupta and Manoj Patel along with two
other party members pushed him and he was punched from the back, leaving him
BJP legislator Patel
said, “Katare is after cheap publicity. Yes, the BJP legislators did raise
slogans outside the assembly. Katare was surrounded by Congress legislators. I
don’t think anyone would have hit him. If anyone did, it could be from his
Speaker Sharma told
reporters that Congress legislators complained to him about being pushed around
and hit. (With agency inputs)