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Din in House over Apna Ghar case

chandigarh Updated: Feb 27, 2013 09:19 IST

Repeated disruptions and heated arguments marred the ongoing Haryana assembly budget session here on Tuesday.

Rising crimes against women ruled the session with a special reference to Apna Ghar sexual abuse case of Rohtak.

Even as parliamentary affairs minister Randeep Singh Surjewala replied to four calling attention notices submitted by Congress MLAs Sampat Singh, Sumita Singh, BB Batra and Indian National Lok Dal's Ram Pal Majra, the House witnessed heated arguments and disruptions on the issues.

The House order got unruly when INLD MLA Col (retd) Raghuvir Singh flung a suggestion to Batra - who had stood up to speak something - to instead ask a question pertaining to heinous sexual abuse of various minor girls at Apna Ghar shelter home in Batra's own constituency Rohtak.

On this, Batra got furious sensing that the Opposition was once again trying to drag his name in the gory episode in which he and another Congress MLA, Satpal Singh Dangi, had recommended the name of shelter home incharge, Jaswanti Devi, for an award.

He cautioned the INLD MLA to think before speaking and asked speaker Kuldeep Sharma for 10 minutes to end the "wrong propaganda" of the Opposition MLAs, who, he held, had been naming him in the context "baselessly and irresponsibly".

On this, various INLD members, including Ashok Arora, Abhey Chautala and Ram Pal Majra, also stood up and exchanged heated arguments with Batra and other Congress MLAs.

Even though the speaker did not give time to Batra for this, members of the treasury benches came down heavily on the Opposition MLAs with Surjewala stating that it was sad to see the behaviour of the Opposition on a sensitive issue of crimes against women.

However, earlier, in reply to the calling attention notices, Surjewala said that due to coordinated efforts of the state police, there was a decrease in incidents of rape in 2012 as compared to the past.

Elaborating upon setting up special cells, mobile police control room vehicles to monitor, check and avert such cases and coordinate action pertaining to crimes against women, Surjewala held that a women helpline number (1091) had been activated in all districts of Haryana, 21 additional posts of superior judicial services along with staff for setting up of 21 exclusive courts to fast track the trials of cases of heinous crimes against women were in the process of being created or notified.

He said self-defense camps for girls were being organised at educational institutions and police lines in collaboration with the sports department, besides making the law stern to handle offenders.

Earlier during the zero hour, INLD and BJP MLAs demanded that certain important issues pertaining to the state should be discussed in the House. While INLD MLA Ram Pal Majra wanted a discussion on land deals of Robert Vadra (son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi), BJP MLA Anil Vij wanted to raise the issue of death of Haryana Roadways employee during the Bharat Bandh and the subsequent lathi charge on Roadways' workers.

Anand Singh Dangi, Congress MLA from Meham, demanded discussion on the plight of farmers in Haryana. The speaker fixed March 4 as the date for a discussion on farm-related issues - crop damage due to hailstorm, water logging etc.

Responding to Majra's request for a discussion on Vadra's land deals, the speaker said the matter was being examined by him and has not been rejected. "The memorandum in this regard was given to me at 1pm," he said.

On this, Ellenabad MLA Abhey Singh Chautala said Majra gave the memorandum to the speaker's staff at 11am. "If it reached you at 1pm, it is not Majra's fault," Chautala said.

Sampat Singh, Congress MLA from Nalwa, wanted to know the fate of an adjournment motion proposed by him. Noisy scenes again broke out as parliamentary affairs minister Randeep Singh Surjewala spoke about the railway projects announced by the union railways minister in the Railway Budget.

BJP MLA Anil Vij, who was pressing for a discussion on the death of a Roadways employee, remarked: "Yeh Pawan Bansal ka lollipop hai. Chooste raho. (This is Pawan Bansal's lollipop. Keep licking it.)"

Surjewala attacked the Opposition, saying that they were anti-Haryana and anti-development. "Yeh Haryana Virodhi hain (They are anti-Haryana.)," he said.