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Commotion over Uma

india Updated: Nov 02, 2006 15:52 IST

Opposition motion disallowed; House adjourned
THE ATTEMPT to murder case against Bharatiya Janshakti leader Uma Bharti on Wednesday rocked the State Assembly with Speaker Ishwardas Rohani refusing to allow debate on the adjournment motion moved by the Opposition on the issue.

Amid uproar the Speaker adjourned the House for the day as the Opposition vociferously challenged his ruling to defer debate on the adjournment motion. Former chief minister Digvijay Singh led the Congress onslaught against the Speaker.

Irate villagers pelted stone on Uma Bharti and her supporters on October 30 at Sarora village in Bada Malehra constituency after her security guard had slapped BJP leader Shankar Pratap Singh alias Halke Raja.

In retaliation, Uma reportedly asked her security guards to shoot at the rioters. She had to run for cover in a temple from where security guards escorted her to Bada Malehra. Uma had gone to the village following complaint of booth rigging in the Bada Malehra by-election.

Next day, the police filed a case against the former chief minister under Section 307 of the IPC for attempt to murder. Digvijay Singh raised the issue in the zero hour in the House but the Speaker said he would allow any debate on it only after the State Government’s version was received. The former chief minister insisted that the Speaker had no right to defer debate on an issue brought under adjournment motion. The argument between them snowballed as both stuck to their guns.

While opposition members stood up in support of Digvijay, the treasury bench vociferously protested against ‘insult to the chair’.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s request for debate on the issue on Thursday did not cut ice with the adamant opposition. Eventually, the House was adjourned for the day.

Later, talking to newspersons, Digvijay Singh along with PCC chief Subhash Yadav and leader of Opposition Jamuna Devi accused the Speaker of blatantly defending the government. They, however, ruled out bringing no-confidence motion against him.