The Madhya Pradesh assembly on Thursday witnessed ruckus as BSP MLAs protested against derogatory remarks made on their party chief Mayawati by BJP leader Dayashankar Singh, forcing the speaker to adjourn the House twice during the question hour.
Demanding a censure motion, BSP MLAs stormed the well of the house. Only three questions could be taken up during the one-hour business.
BJP’s Uttar Pradesh vice president on Wednesday called former chief minister, Mayawati, worse than a ‘prostitute’. Singh had said Maya offers party ticket in lieu of money and is worse than sex workers who are more loyal to their customers.
The remark triggered uproar in Rajya Sabha with demands for Singh’s immediate arrest. The BJP sacked Singh despite his apology to the BSP chief.
In support of the BSP legislature group, the Congress MLAs in the state assembly also demanded that a censure motion be brought by the treasury benches on the remarks.
Issue pertains to Uttar Pradesh and it had nothing to do with MP: Speaker
However, speaker Dr Sitasharan Sharma and parliamentary affairs minister Narottam Mishra turned down the BSP MLAs’ demand saying the issue pertained to Uttar Pradesh and it had nothing to do with Madhya Pradesh.
As the question hour began, the BSP MLAs Balbir Singh Dandotia, Satyaprakash Sakhwar, Usha Chaudhari and Sheela Tyagi entered the well of the house and raised slogans against the BJP government.
Though their remarks were expunged at the instructions of the speaker, they raised slogans outside the House too, like ‘Dalit virodhi Bhajpa ki sarkar, nahi chalegi nahi chalelgi’, ‘Daliton ki hatyari ye sarkar, nahi chalegi nahi chalegi, ‘Daliton par atyachar band karo’, ‘Dayashankar ko giraftar karo’.
Congress MLAs Jeetu Patwari, Ramnivas Rawat, Rajneesh Singh and others also rose to extend their support.
It was the second time in a short span of time when the Congress and the BSP’s alliance was seen on any important issue.
Earlier, BSP MLAs had extended their support to the Congress candidate in Rajya Sabha election Vivek Tankha in June this year.
The parliamentary affairs minister said the issue was four days old but the BSP MLAs did not raise the issue in the House on Wednesday. “They chose to raise the issue only when ‘Behanji’ called them up and asked them to do so,” he added.