Day One of the five-day winter session of the state assembly saw no proceedings take place except for obituary references. However, the Opposition did take the opportunity to raise the Centre’s decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs1000 banknotes in the assembly.
The assembly passed obituary references over the demise of Leader of the Opposition Satyadev Katare; former Madhya Pradesh governors Ramnaresh Yadav, Mohd Safi Qureshi and Bhai Mahavir; former legislators Vidyadhar Joshi, Lalta Prasad Khare, Rao Deshraj Singh Yadav and Sevaram Gupta; and former union ministers Arif Baig, Jaywantiben Mehta and Prof MG KM en on. All these dignitaries passed away between the monsoon and winter sessions.
Speaker Dr Sitasharan Sharma took their names after newly-elected MLAManju Dadu took oath in the House. The assembly also condoled the death of passengers on IndorePatna Express, after the train met with an accident near Pokhrayan, Kanpur a fortnight ago.
After obituary references, the assembly was adjourned till Tuesday morning.
However, deputy leader of the Opposition Bala Bachchan paid tribute to those “who died standing in queues ( at banks and ATMs)” and “the bank men who died while discharging their duties” after the high-denomination notes were devalued.
Bachchan also paid condolences over the death of jail warder Ramashankar Yadav, who was killed by eight alleged SIMI operatives who escaped from Bhopal Central Jail on October 31 and were later killed in an encounter on the outskirts of Bhopal. His move was political—chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had called Yadav as a martyr but did not pay tributes to the jail warden in the House as the business list of the assembly didn’t have his name.
Bachchan was later severely critic is ed by cooperative minister Vish was Sarang, who said the Congress leader sought to play politics even on deaths of people, despite knowing that the dignitaries whose deaths were condoled included Satyadev Katare, who had been a member of the Congress party.
Chouhan pays tribute
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan highlighted the political journey of the deceased Leader of the Opposition Satyadev Katare, saying he started his journey from cipher and attained his place in politics by fighting for the rights of everyone, right from the days that he was a student leader. Chouhan also stated that Katare was once honoured as the best MLA and once as the best minister.