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Chautala flayed for casteist remarks

india Updated: Aug 28, 2012 01:13 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
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Though Day Two at the monsoon session of the Haryana assembly began on a peaceful note, noisy scenes were witnessed soon after the question hour over comments made by two Opposition leaders on Friday.

While Opposition leader Om Prakash Chautala was reprimanded for "casting aspersions on the Speaker and irresponsible behaviour", Ellanabad MLA Abhey Chautala was questioned over his casteist remarks against Congress chief parliamentary secretary Jaiveer Balmiki.

Balmiki called on Speaker Kuldeep Sharma to initiate strict action against Abhey Chautala for his remarks. Balmiki was supported by the treasury benches. INLD members, however, led by OP Chautala, Abhey and Ajay Chautala, Shersingh Badshami and Rampal Majra objected to the move saying no such remark had been made.

The House sank in uproar as Opposition members started shouting slogans against Congress members, several of whom, they alleged, were facing criminal cases. The treasury bench, on the other hand, said that everyone in the state knew who all had been facing criminal cases for long.

Members of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) were suspended for disrupting proceedings on Monday.

With newspapers in their hands, the Opposition raised the Geetika Sharma suicide case too where former minister Gopal Kanda is the prime accused. Amid such pandemonium, the House had to be adjourned thrice. When the House resumed business, Balmiki again sought action against Chautala. This time, he was supported by several others, including parliamentary affairs minister Randeep Surjewala and education minister Geeta Bhukkal.

To maintain harmony after having verified allegations against Abhey Singh Chautala, the House closed the matter by reprimanding the MLA and asking him to not repeat such incidents.