The first day of the budget session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha was marred by unruly scenes and walk-outs by opposition parties INLD and BJP, which sought action against legislators allegedly accused of seeking money in lieu of change of land use (CLU) permissions and also longer duration of the assembly session.
All the MLAs of the INLD stood up immediately after the governor's address, alleging rampant corruption in the government and among MLAs. Led by Abhay Chautala and Ashok Arora, the INLD MLAs sought action against chief parliamentary secretary Ram Kishan Fauji, against whom even lokayukta had recommended a police case.
Even as commotion continued amid the house proceedings, Arora again raised his voice stating that there were several issues pertaining to the people they represented and yet they were not being heard by the speaker. "I think the current one is the shortest session of four days in the history of Haryana even as we have several issues pertaining to agitating employees of almost all the government departments, traders and farmers and to top all corruption," he said. However, since speaker Kuldeep Sharma allowed the business to continue, the INLD MLAs staged a walkout.
Seeking a longer duration of the session, BJP legislature party leader in the House Anil Vij too stood up led party's three MLAs - Kavita Jain, Ghanshyam Saraf and Krishan Pal - and Haryana Janhit Congress' Renuka Bishnoi to stage a walkout.
The House, however, stuck to its business scheduled for the day.
* There were several Marshals deployed around the treasury and opposition benches inside the assembly, apparently in the wake of recent unsavory incidents in Parliament and other houses; on seeing which BJP's leader in the House Anil Vij could be heard asking speaker that it was first time in the history of Haryana assembly. "What was the danger treasury benches were afraid of?" he asked.
* Right at the advent of the governor's address, two INLD MLAs - Krishan Pal Panwar (Israna) and Jagdish Nayar (Hodal) - stood up and asked governor to reply on their complaint filed in the last session, pertaining to alleged ill-words and ill-treatment (badsaluki) with Dalits. They were assured by governor that they could raise this issue later.
* INLD MLA from Kalayat Ram Pal Majra was seen carrying a magazine that reports exclusively on Haryana bureaucracy and the last issue of which was attributed to the alleged rampant colonisation in NCR at the behest of six persons allegedly close to chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.
* Former deputy chief minister in the Hooda government, Chander Mohan, could be seen sitting silently in the visitors' gallery.
Jibe of day
Jate, Jate kuchch to kar lo!
"Jate, Jate kuchch to kar lo (Do whatever little you can before government's exist)" was the most spoken jibe of the day by the opposition MLAs. The INLD's Ram Pal Majra and BJP's leader in the House Anil Vij repeatedly asked the speaker and treasury bench to take a little action against alleged corruption and make the session's duration longer so that they could also speak for people they represented. They repeatedly said that since it was the last session of the Congress government, it was time they could do their bit. "Hooda saab hans rahe hain; mein to kahta hoon sambhal sako to sambhal lo, jane ki ghanti baj chuki hai (Mr Hooda is similing; beware treasury benches, the bell for exit had rung)," Majra summed up.
House pays tribute
Chandigarh: The Haryana Vidhan Sabha paid tributes to the prominent persons who had passed away between the period from the end of the previous session and the beginning of the current budget session on Friday.
The chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, also the leader of the House, paid tributes to former union minister Sis Ram Ola, former Haryana ministers Shanti Devi Rathi and Chanda Singh, former parliamentary secretary Har Sarup Bura, former MLA Harnam Singh.
He also paid tributes to 10 freedom fighters Guganram, Lal Chand, Dharampal Singh, Puran Singh, Bansi Lal, Rati Ram, Deepchand, Bhagirath Prasad, Raja Ram and Raghubir Singh.
Hooda also paid homage to 22 martyrs Col Ajeet Singh, sub-inspector Prasada Ram, assistant sub-inspector Naresh Kumar, subedar Dharmesh, subedar Rajpal Singh, subedar Kanwarpal Singh, subedar Mahesh Kumar, havildar Hoshiyar Singh, havildar Rohtash, havildar Hemant Sharma, havildar Rajesh Kumar, havildar Vedpal, naik Ravinder Kumar, sepoys Suresh Kumar, Rajender Singh, Jagatpal, Krishan Kumar, Anil Kumar, Amit Kumar, Randhir Singh, Amit and Madan Lal.
He also paid tributes to Noornisha, aunt of Aftab Ahmed, transport minister; Bhagwani Devi, mother of Rajender Singh Joon, MLA; Aadram Nehra, brother of Jagdish Nehra, ex-minister; Rajender Singh, father of Harsh Kumar, ex-minister and Satish Kumar, son of Hari Ram, ex-MLA.
Speaker, Haryana Vidhan Sabha Kuldeep Sharma also paid tributes to the departed souls. Ashok Arora, INLD, MLA, Anil Vij MLA, BJP, Renuka Bishnoi MLA, HJC also paid tributes on behalf of their parties.