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Congress to boycott special session of Madhya Pradesh Assembly

Main opposition Congress will boycott the four-day long special session of the Madhya Pradesh Assembly scheduled to begin from May 11.

india Updated: May 03, 2010 23:08 IST

Main opposition Congress will boycott the four-day long special session of the Madhya Pradesh Assembly scheduled to begin from May 11.

"The decision to boycott the special session of the State Assembly was unanimously taken by the Congress Legislature
Party (CLP) in a meeting held here," Congress's Deputy Leader in the house, Rakesh Choudhry told PTI.

The meeting was attended by nearly 40 Congress MLAs including Ajay Singh, Narmada Prasad Prajapati, Harvansh
Singh, Dr Govind Singh, Kalpana Parulekar and Ashwin Joshi.

The special session of the State Assembly was called by the BJP government to discuss plans to turn Madhya Pradesh
into a golden state.

Without addressing the issues of corruption, law and order, drinking water and power crisis among others the state
cannot be turned into a golden state, Choudhry said.

The focus of the special session was only discussion on golden state, but the Congress fails to understand how it can
be achieved without solving the basic problems being faced by the people, he said.

Instead of participating in the house proceedings, the Congress will stage a protest outside the House to highlight
various problems of the state, he said.

Earlier, President Pratibha Patil had agreed to address the inaugural session, but later she cancelled her programme
citing "unavoidable circumstances".