Rajasthan: Cong walks out of assembly twice over anti-Rahul remarks

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jaipur
  • Updated: Mar 02, 2016 16:13 IST
After getting no response from Speaker Kailash Meghwal, Congress members boycotted proceedings for 10 minutes. (HT file photo)

Congress legislators in the Rajasthan assembly on Tuesday walked out of the House twice, demanding action against two ruling party MLAs for allegedly making derogatory remarks against Rahul Gandhi. The Opposition also demanded an apology from chief minister Vasundhara Raje in this regard.

The Budget session of the Rajasthan assembly began on Monday with Congress MLAs demanding action against two ruling party legislators -- Kailash Chaudhary and Gyandev Ahuja -- for their alleged “derogatory” remarks on Rahul Gandhi.

On February 17, Chaudhary had called Rahul a traitor for supporting Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students who allegedly shouted anti-national and pro-Afzal Guru slogans. On February 23, Ahuja linked JNU with ‘sex and drugs’ rackets, which the Congress leaders took as an insult to the institution named after Jawaharlal Nehru.

During Question Hour on Tuesday, leader of Opposition Rameshwar Dudi once again raised the demand for action against BJP’s Baytu and Ramgarh MLAs. When there was no response from Speaker Kailash Meghwal, the Congress members marched into the Well of the House and after 10 minutes they boycotted the proceedings and walked out of the House. However as they were leaving the Speaker said the Opposition will be allowed to speak after the Question Hour.

During Zero Hour, Dudi said the BJP MLAs comments were hurtful and insulting and demanded that a criminal case be lodged against them, however, parliamentary affairs minister Rajendra Rathore intervened saying Congress should have moved a notice before raising their demands. Rathore said the House would function as per rules and there was no need to “deliver speech”.

Amid uproar, deputy chief whip of the government in the assembly Madan Rathore accused Dudi of double standards. He said Dudi had embraced Ahuja outside the House and congratulated him for his statement, but in the House he was protesting against him. Ahuja also backed Madan’s claim and said, “Dudi met me personally and told that I have spoken the right thing.”

As the pandemonium continued, senior Congress legislator Pradhyuman Singh demanded that Rathore and home minister Gulabchand Kataria make their stand clear on the issue.

Parliamentary affairs minister, however, said as the comments were issued outside the House therefore the Congress should have issued a notice and the government would have given the reply. Apart from this, two complaints against Choudhary are in the court therefore it cannot be discussed in the House, he said.

After nearly 20 minutes pandemonium, Speaker Meghwal said enough time had been given to the Opposition and they cannot give unlimited time to speak. At this the Congress members walked out of the House the second time at 12.22 pm stating that their issue was not addressed by the Speaker.

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