Proceedings in the Madhya Pradesh assembly had to be adjourned for 10 minutes right at the beginning of question hour as MLAs, both from ruling party and the opposition, stood up and created pandemonium while demanding that a deputy superintendent of police (DSP) in charge of traffic be transferred from Khandwa where they claimed he had become a law unto himself.
Raising the issue through a starred question, Devendra Verma of the BJP sought to know how many challans the Khandwa police had issued in the last 2 years? Also, he sought to know if Khandwa residents had held an agitation against the high handedness of the Khandwa traffic police? Besides this, Verma said that the traffic police had cut trees in the city, imposed one way restrictions arbitrarily and had been accused of extortion.
Replying to the question, home minister Babulal Gaur said that Rs 30,70,850 were collected as fine by the traffic police in last 2 years from 4932 two wheeler and 2043 four wheeler owners. The minister denied all the allegations and said that the trees were cut by the civic authorities. He said that the town road safety committee had suggested imposition of one way which was later withdrawn after traders and the Shiv Sena gave a memorandum.
I would resign in case my allegations are found to be false: Devendra Verma
At this, Devendra Verma said that he was a senior MLA and would resign in case his allegations were found to be false. He singled out DSP traffic Khandwa BP Salodia in his attack. Opposition Congress MLAs also joined the ruling party MLA in his demand. Congress MLA Mukesh Nayak said that when so many MLAs were demanding the transfer of the DSP, he should be removed from his post. Home minister Babulal Gaur refused to budge from his stand and did not commit to transferring the DSP. When the House plunged into pandemonium, Speaker Sitasaran Sharma adjourned the House for 10 minutes. When the House reconvened, the minister stood his ground and did not commit to removing the officer even then.