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Himachal assembly records tampered with: BJP

india Updated: Mar 22, 2013 19:07 IST
HT Correspondent

The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday alleged that the assembly records were being tampered with.

Seeking clarification, the opposition members alleged that the assembly proceedings were not being recorded in a proper manner.

In the beginning of the question hour, BJP's chief whip Shimla legislator Suresh Bhardwaj asked with whose permission, floor recording of the House was being edited.

Clarifying on the point raised by opposition members, speaker Brij Bihari Butail denied any tampering in recording of the Vidhan Sabha proceedings.

“Nobody is allowed make changes in proceedings. Nobody will be allowed to distort the Vidhan Sabha recording. If the members feel so they can report to me. I will ask the persons concerned why changes were made,” said Butail.

Leader of opposition Prem Kumar Dhumal endorsing the observation made by the BJP's chief whip pointed towards the “cuts” in the verbatim proceedings of the Vidhan Sabha proceedings - which are uploaded on the official website of the Vidhan Sabha.

He said the proceedings of the Vidhan Sabha being uploaded on the official Vidhan Sabha website were not verbatim particularly those of opposition members, adding that it was against the democratic norms.

Alleging that attempts were being made to throttle the voice of the opposition, Dhumal asked who were the persons responsible for change in documented proceedings. Dhumal also pointed towards the delay in uploading House proceedings on the official website.

The speaker once again assured that changes in the proceedings would not be allowed.

Quoting an example, he said the opposition members had named some panchayats of his constituency which were neglected from certain facilities.

“The names of the mentioned panchayats were removed from the recorded proceedings and the BJP supporting gram pradhans were targeted,” alleged Dhumal.

“Such acts would not be tolerated,” Dhumal said, adding that such things have been noticed for the first time in the history of the Vidhan Sabha.

The speaker assured that the proceedings records would be uploaded on the official website in verbatim. The opposition members also questioned the speaker whether he issued statements about walkout from the assembly.

The opposition also questioned the speaker for issuing statements in the press about Thursday's walkout.

“When the assembly is in session, the Vidhan Sabha secretariat does not issue any statement in the press,” said Bhardwaj.

He said a few newspapers carried the statements of the Speaker. Clarifying, parliamentary affairs minister Mukesh Agnihotri denied the government's role, saying, “The government has no intention to suppress the records.