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Madhya Pradesh assembly adjourned sine die amidst Vyapam uproar

BHOPAL: As the BJP-led Shivraj Singh Chouhan government continued to face Vyapam heat, the monsoon session of the Madhya Pradesh assembly was adjourned sine die on the third-day, after passing hurriedly all urgent business of the House amid ruckus and sloganeering from the opposition.

Essential official business proceedings of the session including passing of a supplementary budget and seven other important amendment bills was accomplished by voice vote in 40 minutes during the Zero Hour on Wednesday.

Legislative affairs minister Narottam Mishra proposed the House be adjourned since all important transactions were complete. Mishra also cited rule book of the assembly under which the ten-day session could be concluded. Speaker Sitasharan Sharma accepted the proposal and adjourned the House sine die. Meanwhile, Congress leader of Opposition Satyadev Katare stood-up to speak but his voice went unheard.

This is the third assembly session that has been abruptly concluded as opposition parties attacked the BJP state government on Vyapam scandal. During the budget session in February, the House was guillotined even before a discussion on the annual budget.

Uproar started soon as the House gathered on Wednesday morning with four BSP MLAs taking the lead in the protest demanding the chief minister’s resignation over Vyapam. BSP MLAs took their protest to the well of the House led by woman legislator Usha Choudhary of Rehgaon.

The Speaker asked for the Question Hour to run and called for BJP MLA Narendra Singh Kushwah to ask the first question. But BSP and Congress uproar drowned his voice so Kushwah walked towards the well and asked protesting MLAs to let him ask his question.

This started a round of altercation with Kushwah even showing his footwear to the BSP. Narottam Mishra had to intervene and took Kushwah back to his chair. The House was adjourned for ten minutes. Uproar continued as the House gathered and Speaker adjourned the House again till 11:30am.

When the House re-assembled during the Zero Hour, Congress demanded a discussion on a censure motion against BJP misbehaviour with Opposition legislators. Leader of Opposition Satyadev Katare said, “We have moved a censure motion. We want a discussion on that first.” But Speaker Sharma said, the censure pertains to an incident outside the House and will be looked into later. This brought the Congress to the well of the House and with BSP started raising anti-Vyapam slogans.

Meanwhile, the Speaker went ahead with completing important business of the House and passing of amendment bills. But another round of din commenced after the Congress called the Speaker’s podium “Gobar Ganesh (lackadaisical, ineffective)” drawing flak from the legislative affairs minister and the BJP. By noon, the Congress was sitting on the floor of the House in the well and finance minister Jayant Malaiyya was reading the crucial supplementary budget proposal worth Rs 8,583 crore. Once the fiscal provisions were passed, the House was adjourned sine die.