All members of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) were suspended for the rest of the Haryana assembly session on Monday for causing ruckus and disrupting proceedings. The House condemned opposition leader Om Prakash Chautala for "irresponsible behaviour and casting aspersions on the Speaker" and Ellenabad MLA Abhey Chautala for his casteist remarks against Congress chief parliamentary secretary Jaiveer Balmiki.
Though Day 2 of the monsoon session began on a peaceful note, there was pandemonium soon after question hour when Balmiki urged Speaker Kuldeep Sharma to take strict action against Abhey Chautala for the casteist remarks he made on Friday, the first day of the session. Balmiki was backed by treasury benches. INLD members led by OP Chautala, Abhey and Ajay Chautala, Shersingh Badshami and Rampal Majra raised an objection and denied Abhey had made the remarks.
This led to an uproar as opposition members raised slogans against Congress members, several of who, they alleged, were facing criminal cases. The treasury benches argued that everyone in the state knew who all had since long been facing criminal cases.
The INLD leaders held up newspapers and shouted, "Dagi netaon ki sarkar, nahi chalegi, nahi chalegi, balatkarion ki sarkar, nahi chalegi, nahi chalegi (a government of tainted and rapist leaders will not do)". They were referring to MLA Gopal Kanda, who is in police custody in the Geetika suicide case. To this, the treasury benches replied, "Dalit bachao, Chautala bhagao (oust Chautala to save Dalits)" and "chor machaye shor (thieves are raising objections)".
The assembly had to be adjourned thrice in a span of an hour.
When the House resumed business, Balmiki again sought action against Chautala and was supported by several members, including parliamentary affairs minister Randeep Surjewala and education minister Geeta Bhukkal, this time.
OP Chautala stood up and objected to the Speaker's repeated denial of permission to INLD members to speak. Sharma said that he could not allow many members to speak at a time and would give a chance to all. Chautala insisted that he be allowed a chance to speak and alleged that opposition members were not being given a fair opportunity to which the treasury benches strongly objected. The Speaker expunged Chautala's remarks casting aspersions on the chair.
The House passed two resolutions condemning Chautala's "irresponsible behaviour". The Speaker gave a ruling after saying that he had verified contents of the application submitted by Balmiki, wherein he had stated that casteist remarks were made by Abhey Chautala, and after having watched the video clippings that showed Chautala instigating INLD members to show utter disregard to Balmiki.
"The gesture and actions of Abhey Singh Chautala, MLA, certainly establish the allegations against him. Such conduct should be deprecated. However, to close the matter and maintain harmony for smooth functioning of the House, I am of the considered view that Abhey Singh Chautala should be reprimanded by the House that such incidents will not be repeated," Sharma said in his ruling.