Congress legislators created ruckus in the Assembly on Monday alleging that home minister Gulab Chand Kataria gave a false statement on the Nagaur shootout.
Kataria on March 22 informed the House that the shootout that resulted in the death of a police officer in Rajasthan’s Nagaur district was the handiwork of the Raju Theth gang. However, news reports suggested it was the Anandpal gang and that its leader was one of three people who fired at the police before escaping in an SUV.
Congress MLAs came into the well of the House and shouted slogans demanding an explanation from the home minister. However, speaker Kailash Meghwal issued a stern warning that the statements of “hooligans” and “criminals” would not be recorded, and that the proceedings should continue according to the rules of the House.
The ruckus subsided only after deputy speaker Rao Rajendra Singh took charge at around 12:50pm.
Opposition leader Rameshwar Dudi and senior Congress leader Pradyuman Singh then demanded a clarification from the home minister. Kataria, however, said he was willing to respond only if the Opposition followed rules while raising questions.
Earlier in the day, the question hour too was disrupted after Congress MLA Ramesh Meena said he was not satisfied with agriculture minister Prabhu Lal Saini’s response to his question on ending subsidy for gaushalas (cow shelters).
When Saini got up to speak, Meghwal sat him back down and moved on to another question. Dissatisfied, Meena walked into the well and sat on dharna in protest.
Congress whip Govind Singh Dotasara too requested the speaker to allow the agriculture minister to respond, but in vain.
Congress legislators alleged that the speaker was not allowing them to speak and walked out of the House.