BJP stages walkout over irrigation schemes

  • HT Correspondent, None, Shimla
  • Updated: Apr 06, 2015 19:25 IST

The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party staged a walkout from the House to express its dissatisfaction with irrigation & public health minister Vidya Stokes' reply to a supplementary question regarding Raj Kuhal and Badi Kuhal the flow irrigation scheme.

Shahpur MLA Sarveen Chaudhary had asked the minister why the name of the local legislator did not figured on the plaque at the time of laying the projects' foundation stones since both schemes were inducted in MLA priorities in 2010-11. She also wanted her to define the term "laying the foundation stone". To which Stokes only said: "One shouldn't make an issue of it. There may be a mistake from our side or yours but this isn't the right time or the place to raise the issue."

The minister then told the house about the status of the scheme. Opposition members stood up on their seats and demanded the reply on foundation stone laying of the scheme and retendering. On which Congress MLA Neeraj Bharti took the charge for the ruling party and tried to snub the opposition members.

In the meantime chief minister Virbhadra Singh intervened and termed the minister's reply as "detailed and satisfactory". "A budget for these schemes was allotted by the present government," he added.

On this, opposition members staged a walkout towards the fag end of question hour and returned just before it ended.

Stokes informed the house that the foundation stones for these schemes were laid on January 11, 2015. "Tenders for the Raj Kuhal flow irrigation scheme were floated on October 25, 26 and 31, 2013, while those for the Badi Kuhal scheme were invited on August 28, September 1 and December 19 and 22 in 2014. Around 70% work of Raj Kuhal is completed while 30% work of Badi Kuhal is yet to be completed and both schemes are scheduled to complete on December 31, 2015 and March 31, 2016, respectively," she added.

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