Congress MLA Govind Singh on Tuesday raised a query during question hour on Tuesday that stumped Madhya Pradesh minister of state for general administration department Lal Singh Arya.
Singh’s question, raised in his absence by fellow party legislator Ramniwas Rawat, inquired of the subjects and dates of letters written by Bhind representatives to the collector for development programmes. It also wanted information on whether the general administration department approved the letters.
The Congress MLA also wanted to know if a record of the letters is maintained and if the administration had intimated him about a July 18 letter that he had sent, asking for photocopies of the acknowledgement letters sent to him.
In reply, Arya said ‘yes’ to the acknowledgment letters but was unable to provide any proof of the same.
Rawat accused the minister’s reply of being vague and asked the minister to “not make a mockery of a constitutional body like the state assembly”.
Speaker Sitasharan Sharma instructed the minister to ensure that an adequate reply is given to Singh’s question and photocopies of the acknowledgment letters also be provided.
Later, during Zero hour, Rawat, acting leader of the Opposition Bala Bachchan and other MLAs alleged that the government had failed to give replies to many petitions submitted in previous sessions.
On this, Sharma instructed parliamentary affairs minister Narottam Mishra to ensure that pending petitions are replied by the next session.