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Fighting rages in jubilee hours

india Updated: Nov 01, 2006 14:46 IST
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Governor to legislators: Sink differences  
GOVERNOR BALRAM Jakhar on Tuesday said people’s representatives, including MLAs, have a great responsibility to bring about positive social changes.

They should sink mutual differences and work in unison to realise this goal, Jakhar said. The Governor was addressing the concluding function of the golden jubilee celebrations of the Madhya Pradesh Assembly at the Vidhan Sabha auditorium in Bhopal on Tuesday.

The Governor said ideological differences among public representatives are natural in democracy, but it should not create animosity. United efforts are needed to realise the goal common among all parties. People’s representatives should mind their conduct as it is under the scanner of common man, he said.

Referring to the State’s rich cultural heritage, the Governor said the land has produced great poets Kalidas and Banbhatta. The State enjoys the distinction of having world famous monuments like Bhojpur, Bhimbaitika, Khajurao and Sanchi.

Assembly Speaker Ishwardas Rohani said in democracy, people’s  representatives can ill-afford to rest on their laurels. He said the Golden Jubilee year should inspire us to introspect and ponder on what has been achieved and what remains to be achieved.

In last 50 years, he said the Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha has carved a distinct identity. With all their ideological differences, MLAs from different parties have shown a rare unity on State’s development. There has been perfect coordination between the treasury and Opposition benches here.

Parliamentary decorum has been maintained and even if there were some aberrations, they took no time in correcting themselves. The Speaker said he feels honoured and elated that he presided over the House during its Golden Jubilee year.

He hoped that the members would always uphold the glorious traditions of the House. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan reiterated the State Government’s commitment to all-round development of the State. He said development issues should be kept above party politics. He said the treasury bench respects the Opposition and all-out efforts would be made to enlist their cooperation in development process.

Deputy Speaker of State Assembly Hajarilal Raghuvanshi said the State has made progress in all sectors in the last fifty years. However, a lot still remains to be done in sectors like providing drinking water, electricity, irrigation facility, roads and education, he added.

Leader of Opposition in State Assembly Jamuna Devi said the Golden Jubilee year offers us an opportunity for a self-introspection. She called upon the members to rededicate themselves to the cause of the people. The Opposition discharges its constitutional responsibility of criticising what it deems wrong on the part of the ruling party, she said, adding that it helps the latter to take corrective measures.

The Governor presented mementos to former chief ministers Digvijay Singh and Babular Gaur and other senior MLAs. The State Assembly secretariat is presenting golden jubilee mementos to all the MLAs. The Governor and the CM released a collection of the addresses of the President Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam to the MLAs published in a book form. State Assembly principal secretary A.K. Payasi conducted the function.

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