Haryana Vidhan Sabha speaker Kanwar Pal on Tuesday suspended three Congress MLAs including former speaker Kuldeep Sharma for six months from the House and for one year from being included in any assembly committees, for disrupting governor’s address and tearing the copies of the governor’s address in the Haryana assembly on Monday.
The other two MLAs are Jaiveer Singh and Jagbir Singh Malik.
The suspension, said to be first time for such a long duration in the history of Haryana, came when health minister Anil Vij took up, in zero hour, the issue pertaining to what he termed as contempt of the House by the Congress MLAs, who had not only disrupted the Governor’s address but had even torn the copies of the address.
Vij said that though the Speaker had earlier suspended Congress MLAs till discussion on Governor’s address – March 18 – the contempt demanded more stern action against them.
He was joined by parliamentary affairs minister Ram Bilas Sharma, who proposed a motion for stricter action against the three MLAs.
Sharma elaborated upon the seriousness of what he termed a “serious offence” as per assembly rules, and went on to question as to where the MLAs were during the Jat agitation when large scale violence was reported from their own towns and villages.
It was at this point that he was confronted by leader of opposition Abhay Chautala and independent MLA Jai Prakash, asking him not to trigger the issue of Jat agitation.
Chautala said it was wrong on the part of Sharma to have spoken about the issue of Jat agitation when a discussion on the isse had already been scheduled. “If you want to discuss it now, I would inform you that the INLD office in Bhiwani and a petrol pump of ours was damaged by BJP workers. Attempts were also made to break the statue of former deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal’’, he said amid uproar between INLD and ruling BJP MLAs.
The Speaker, then, reminded the House that a discussion on Jat agitation had already been scheduled for March 21.
Din in House
Din prevailed when Abhay Chautala tried to tell the Speaker that the condemnation motion against him and other INLD MLAs was unjustified and the same be withdrawn. “My MLAs and I had only sought an assurance from the governor to safeguard the interest of Haryana on the Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal issue. We did not disrupt the address at all,’’ he said, adding that the governor had listened and had assured the House in the context.
“If you think that speaking for the interest of Haryana is an offence, we would do it again and again,’’ he said and staged a walk out with all INLD MLAs.
Earlier in the day, 13 Congress leaders including a few MLAs, were detained from outside the Haryana Vidhan Sabha following their protest.
Detainees included Anand Singh Dhangi, Geeta Bukkal, Jagbir Singh Malik, Jaitirath, Jaiveer Singh, Karan Singh Dalal, Kiran Chaudhary, Kuldeep Sharma, Lalit Nagar, Dr Raghubir Singh Kadiyan, Shakuntla Khattar, Krishan Singh and Uday Pal Malik.
Neeraj Sarna, Sector 3 police station SHO said that the detainees were later released after their prevention detention.
“They were wearing black bands and were protesting with banners in their hands outside the Vidhan Sabha. They were all detained as a prevention measure and were later released,” Sarna Said.