BJP MLAs to boycott Raj assembly session
It was a show of strength by Leader of Opposition Vasundhara Raje, who is defying BJP leadership's directive to step down, with 70 of its 78 party MLAs attending a meeting called by her.jaipur Updated: Aug 26, 2009 17:51 IST
It was a show of strength by Leader of Opposition Vasundhara Raje, who is defying BJP leadership's directive to step down, with 70 of its 78 party MLAs attending a meeting called by her.
The MLAs decided to hold a dharna on the stairs of the Assembly and boycott the session, resuming on Thursday after a month-long recess, to protest the suspension of Gyandeo Ahuja, Bhawani Singh Rajawat and Hemsingh Bhadana from the House by the Speaker on July 28.
The meeting, however, did not take up any matter related the resignation of Raje, BJP Deputy Leader Ghanshyam Tiwari told reporters in Jaipur.
"The issue of Raje's resignation did not crop up during the meeting. She has chaired today's meeting and will lead us in the assembly," he said.
BJP MLAs also boycotted today's business advisory committee (BAC) meeting to decide the agenda for the session, Tiwari said.
Ahuja, Rajawat and Bhadana were suspended by a voice vote on the ruling Congress motion against their behaviour with the speaker, creating unruly scenes and raising anti-government slogans while demanding assent to a bill on quota to Gujjars.
"The ruling Congress is neither coming to talk on the suspension of the BJP MLAs nor indicating withdrawal of their suspension in the house," Tiwari said.