The Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha witnessed a complete pandemonium on the third day of the monsoon session on Friday as the opposition BJP created ruckus in the House after its adjournment notice for discussion on the issue of money-laundering case against chief minister Virbhadra Singh was rejected by the speaker.
As the proccedings began, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator from Dharampur, Mohinder Singh Thakur, objected to speaker Brij Bihari Lal Butail's ruling, rejecting the party's adjournment notice, given on Thursday under the rule-67, demanding suspension of business to allow discussion on the central government's claim that there was enough evidence to make out cases of money laundering against Virbhadra Singh.
BJP OBJECTS TO CM'S STATEMENT ON THE ISSUE
Mohinder Singh questioned the rationale behind the speaker's rejection of the notice and the permission given to the chief minister to give a statement on the issue on the floor of the assembly.
The BJP MLA also opposed the exemption given to murder accused Doon legislator Ram Kumar Chaudhary by the House in the absence of the oppositionBJP on Wednesday. On this, law minister Kaul Singh Thakur said that the matter was sub-judice and cannot be discussed in the House.
Speaker Brij Bihari Lal Butail asked the opposition members to take their seats, but the belligerent members resorted to sloganeering against Virbhadra Singh.
In retaliation, the members from the treasury benches also got up from their seats and raised counter-slogans. Amidst the uproar, speaker Butail continued the question hour even as the opposition members continued with slogan shouting. A total of 12 questions were taken up before the assembly was adjourned by the speaker till Monday.
CM SLAMS BJP
Talking to mediapersons later, the chief minister condemned the BJP's approach inside the House. He said that his party will not cow down to the any kind of pressure being mounted by the BJP.
Virbhadra accused the BJP legislators of acting at the behest of former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and his MP son Anurag Thakur. He said that the House will continue to function even as the BJP continues to create ruckus in the house.
On the issue of exemption to Doon legislator Ram Kumar Chaudhary, Singh said that he was given exemption from the monsoon session and he was given the same in budget session also.
“The House has given exemption to Ram Kumar for Vidhan Sabha. We cannot draw conclusion whether he is guilty or not. If he is guilty, the law will punish him,” he added.
Meanwhile, parliamentary affairs minister Mukesh Agnihotri pointed out that the opposition BJP had not opposed the exemption given to Ram Kumar during the erlier session of the assembly.
DHUMAL CRIES FOUL
Talking to to mediapersons, leader of opposition Prem Kumar Dhumal said that chief minister Virbhadra Singh was allowed to speak on the same issue on which the BJP's notice of adjournment motion was rejected.
“How can someone be allowed to give a suo motu statement during the question hour without suspending the same. And if the question hour was suspended that means our adjournment motion was accepted,” said Dhumal.