Uttarakhand assembly speaker adjourned the house sine die on Tuesday amidst uproar after the opposition demanded suspension of all businesses to exclusively debate why the government hadn’t yet declared Gairsain as the permanent capital of the state.
The winter session, which began on Monday, is being held at Gairsain in Chamoli district of the state. On the second day, the opposition (Bharatiya Janata Party) came prepared to discuss the Gairsain issue after deputy speaker AP Maikhuri had on Monday questioned it why it did not discuss the issue instead of the liquor scam. And on Tuesday the house had to be adjourned indefinitely when the BJP raised the issue.
Gairsain has been an emotive issue for Uttarakhand Kranti Dal which spearheaded the statehood agitation in the 90s with Gairsain as the state capital. Later, the Congress and the BJP also joined the bandwagon.
Leader of the opposition Ajay Bhatt demanded that the capital issue should be debated in the house immediately and all other businesses be put aside for a while under rule 310. However, speaker Govind Kunjwal didn’t agree to the idea and adjourned the house sine die after the government had passed Rs 4780 crore supplementary budget, seven bills mainly related to taxes on online purchase and 10% reservation for the statehood activists in government jobs.
The BJP had even submitted a signed application by its MLAs to the secretary Vidhan Sabha in this regard. However, the proposition was opposed by parliamentary affairs minister Indira Hridayesh. This prompted all the BJP members in the house to raise the demand. However, the speaker suggested the issue be taken up after the scheduled business. But the opposition kept demanding an immediate debate on the issue. The speaker adjourned twice on the issue and later sine die.
The BJP also submitted 24-point list of concern charging the government with 24 scams related to land, illegal mining, excise, CD sting, irregularities in PPP hospitals.
Bhatt said that the government was patting its back by conducting a session at Gairsain by wasting the public money. “Two years ago, the BJP had brought a resolution in the assembly to make Gairsain, the capital but it was outvoted by the Congress,” he said later talking to journalists.
Chief minister Harish Rawat called the adjournment of the house unfortunate and blamed the BJP for creating hurdles in its smooth functioning. He said, “We wanted to run the session till November 5. But, due to unnecessary uproar by the BJP, the speaker had to adjourn the house sine die.” He said the BJP had adopted a policy of hit and run.
(With inputs from PTI)