The principal opposition party Indian National Lok Dal created a ruckus in the House over the Jat reservation issue on the second day of the Haryana Vidhan Sabha session on Thursday.
The moment the House assembled and speaker Kanwar Pal initiated the question hour, leader of the Opposition Abhay Chautala sought an adjournment on the issue and said that there was an air of confusion and sense of conflict over the matter, especially in the wake of statements of Kurukshetra BJP MP Rajkumar Saini and state minister Krishan Bedi, who were opposing the quota for Jats. The INLD MLAs demanded suspension of the question hour and a discussion on the issue.
Stating that though the ruling BJP maintained that it was not against the reservation for Jats, besides Bishnoi, Tyagi and Ror communities, Chautala demanded the House passed a resolution in the context. He was backed by several INLD MLAs, including Jaswinder Sandhu, Parminder Dhull, Ranbir Gangwa and Zakir Hussain.
The treasury benches then objected to the mention the name of Kurukshetra MP who was not present in the House.
As the ruckus continued, the INLD MLAs held that since the treasury benches often named national Congress leaders, there was nothing wrong in naming Saini.
Defending treasury benches, health minister Anil Vij countered their argument by saying that they mentioned the names of the Congress leaders in a different context.
CONG JOINS CHORUS
On this, the Congress legislature party leader Kiran Choudhry, former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and other Congress MLAs, including Karan Dalal, also demanded a discussion on the issue.
The speaker tried to pacify the INLD MLAs telling them that the issue bore no immediacy and that it could be discussed later after the question hour, but to no avail. The INLDs MLAs, however, did not relent and Pal could be heard repeatedly telling them that it appeared that they had already made up their mind to cause uproar and not to listen to anything else.
Finance minister Capt Abhimanyu and education minister Ram Bilas Sharma urged the speaker to maintain the decorum of the House. Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar then stood up to tell the House that the government was not opposed to the Jat quota and that Saini opposed it in his individual capacity.
On this, the Speaker assured the INLD that he would allow a calling attention on the issue of the issue on Friday.
INLD SEEKS RELIF FOR KAITHAL FARMERS
The INLD MLAs, including Chautala, Jaswinder Sandhu, Parminder Dhull and Balwan Singh Daulatpuria, later raised an uproar demanding adequate compensation to the farmers of Kaithal area whose land was acquired for construction of a bypass on the national highway-65. Finance minister Capt Abhimanyu and Khattar assured an amicable solution to the issue.
JIBE OF THE DAY
Noticing that BJP MLA Gianchand Gupta was coughing while speaking on the initiatives on e-governance taken by the BJP government, Congress MLAs Kiran Choudhry and Kuldeep Sharma quipped that Gupta was coughing because he was tired and exhausted by reading out such a long speech.
Gupta retorted, "Aapne to dus saal mein bhi kuchh nahin kiya, aur humne dus mahino mein itne kaam kar liye isliye kaamon ki list bhi lambi hogi'' (We have done in 10 months what you could not do in 10 years, hence a long list of works).