Speaker Sitasharan Sharma rejected the Opposition Congress’ demand for an adjournment motion over Congress MLA Saurabh Singh’s alleged thrashing during recent civic body polls in Katni following a debate on its admissibility.
An emotional Saurabh Singh, who had come to House on a wheelchair, said he did not fire from his revolver. Rather his revolver had been snatched by the BJP men during conflict. Collector and SP recovered the revolver later. The revolver should have my finger prints if I fired from it, said Singh. He said he was the victim but he has been made an accused in the case. Singh said that he and BJP MLA Sanjay Pathak had studied in the same school and Pathak used to lie then also. He also gave an example of how Pathak lied then.
BJP MLA Vishwas Sarang stood in Pathak’s support and demanded apology from Singh. Minister of legislative affairs Narottam Mishra, Uma Shankar Gupta and others too intervened demanding apology from Singh. Sunderlal Tiwari, Jitu Patwari, Kamlesh Patel of Congress joined the verbal dual and the House drowned in a din, leading to adjournment of House for 5 minutes by the speaker.
Heated exchanges continued once the House reconvened. Senior Congress leader Ajay Singh tendered apology on Saurabh Singh’s behalf but BJP members were adamant on their demand for apology from Saurabh Singh. PWD minister Gauri Shankar Shejwar got agitated when he was not allowed to speak. However, amidst din, speaker announced rejection of the adjournment motion.
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On December 2, the day voting was held for the Katni Municipal Corporation, a fight had broken out between Bahoriband Congress MLA Saurabh Singh and BJP workers including corporator Manish Pathak, Anuj Tiwari and others outside a school. While the Congress MLA said he was beaten up for resisting bogus voting, BJP workers said that they were first attacked by Saurabh Singh.
Earlier, opening the discussion on the admissibility of the adjournment motion, home minister Babulal Gaur said that on December 2, when police were informed about the incident they promptly took MLA Saurabh Singh to hospital. He was asked to file an FIR, which he said he would do after consulting his lawyer. Gaur said that medical report found that there was a fracture in Singh’s left hand and nose. A medical board constituted by the civil surgeon found that the injuries were not grievous so as to warrant inclusion of attempt to murder charges in the FIR lodged against assailants. He said police had registered cases against Manish Pathak, Raju Tiwari, Anuj Tiwari and others on complaint of Saurabh Singh and against Saurabh Singh on complaint of Manish Pathak.
Congress’ Mukesh Nayak, while participating in the discussion, said that the state is being run on muscle power, political power and money. Recounting the incident, he said that MLA Saurabh Singh had received information that bogus voting was going on at a school during the urban bodies polls. Saurabh Singh went to the spot and asked Manish Pathak, Anuj Tiwari, Raju Tiwari and others not to indulge in bogus voting following which they attacked the MLA.
He said the MLA had his licensed revolver which he had been allowed to keep by the DM after imposition of certain conditions. Nayak said that the CT scan showed fractures in the ribs which the medical report had not found and demanded that section 307 be included in FIR.
BJP MLA Sanjay Pathak whose cousin Manish Pathak is the main accused in the case said that he was opposed to violence in politics. He said that no MLA or MP has the right to kill anyone and accused Saurabh Singh fired on Manish Pathak. He denied that any booth capturing was taking place.
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