Rajasthan Congress demands CBI probe into cow deathsjaipur Updated: Sep 01, 2016 19:37 IST
Former chief minister Ashok Gehlot speaks to media at the Rajasthan assembly on Thursday.(HT Photo)
Rajasthan assembly speaker Kailash Meghwal on Thursday adjourned the House for a day after opposition members stalled proceedings over cow deaths, Dalit atrocities, corruption and alleged deteriorating law and order.
The assembly session was called to ratify the Goods and Services Tax (GST) that was cleared by Parliament last month. Sources said the business advisory committee had decided business just for a day.
As soon as the house assembled, leader of opposition Rameshwar Dudi demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into deaths of more than 500 cows at the Jaipur civic body-run shelter house at Hingonia. He also demanded a probe into the alleged corruption in the public health engineering department.
“There should be assembly debates on issues such as corruption, atrocities on Dalit and cow death,” Dudi said.
Independent MLA Hanuman Beniwal also pitched for a CBI probe into the cow deaths. “The BJP had asked for votes in the name of cow and temple but now they say they have nothing to do with it when thousands of cows died at Hingonia.”
They Congress legislators supported Jaipur’s ex-royal family -- who are protesting against the sealing of the main entrance to the palace -- outside the assembly, they remained tight-lipped on the issue in the house.
Congress chief whip Govind Singh Dotasara told reporters the government’s action and attitude in the Rajmahal palace hotel was unjustified.
BSP legislator Manoj Kumar also criticised the Jaipur Development Authority’s action, alleging that the government wanted to grab Rajmahal Hotel land of the Jaipur ex-royal family.
Outside the assembly, former chief minister Ashok Gehlot said the government came to power with a huge mandate still “it is proving to be a failure and people have lost faith in it”.
“After forming the government, they tried to occupy Vanasthali Vidhyapeeth land, now the Rajmahal episode; this shows the government is working in a dictatorial way,” said Gehlot.
The Congress leader took a dig at the chief minister, saying she had not visited Hingonia despite her promise.
Gehlot also accused the government of stopping grant released by his government for the cows.