MP: Assembly passes state budget without debate

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Feb 26, 2015 21:41 IST

The Madhya Pradesh assembly passed the budget without any debate on Thursday as the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party created an unprecedented din in the House over "unparliamentary conduct" of the Opposition Congress, which was not allowing the chief minister to speak until he gave a statement on the Professional Examination Board (PEB) scam.

Amidst din the assembly was adjourned sine die.

In a role-reversal, BJP ministers and MLAs were up on their feet and minister for legislative affairs Narottam Mishra led the charge on the Opposition with treasury bench members raising slogans against the Congress.

As he started reading out the censure motion, the Congress MLAs rose in protest but outshouted by the BJP determined not to let them speak. Amidst ensuing din, the speaker adjourned the House for half hour.

Visibly feeling the heat of PEB scam, the BJP appeared to have decided to beat the Congress in their own game as they created absolute din in the House with the ministers called by the chair to present amendment bills.

In fact, the Congress had changed its strategy and targeted only the chief minister and demanded a statement from him in the PEB scam.

On Wednesday evening, the BJP formulated a counter-strategy to not allow any Congress leader to speak if the chief minister was not allowed to speak in the House.

When the House met again, Mishra was on his feet again, flexing his muscles, shouting, prompting fellow ministers and MLAs to shout and wiping sweat from his face in between. Congress MLAs, former leader of Opposition Ajay Singh also protested, but were no match to the BJP aggression.

Meanwhile, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also walked in but instead of silencing BJP MLAs, he only allowed them to make more noise.

The budget session, which began on February 18, was supposed to end on March 27.

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