The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday cried hoarse over the exemption granted to murder accused Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary from attending the monsoon session of the state assembly.
The Congress MLA had sought exemption as he is currently lodged in Ambala central jail in connection with the Jyoti murder case.
Speaker BBL Butail told the House that he had received Chaudhary's request to allow him to remain absent for the entire session from Aug 6 to 29. The House granted him exemption in the absence of the BJP which had earlier staged a walkout.
Leader of opposition Prem Kumar Dhumal said this matter was not listed in the business of the House on Wednesday. “We object to it. This is not a fair practice to bring unlisted matter to the house and get it passed in absence of the opposition,” said Dhumal while taking to mediapersons after the party's walkout.
Dhumal said that exemption should be given only in special circumstances not in a case like this. He said the opposition would raise this issue in the assembly on Thursday.
He also hit out at the Virbhadra Singh-led Congress government, stating that it has lost the confidence of the people of the state. “The government is working with vendetta and after the debacle of the Congress in the Lok Sabha elections, it (government) has been targeting the people related to the BJP,” he said.
Dhumal said that mining and drug mafias are active in the state and also enjoying the patronage of the police and the administration.
He said the government should work to eradicate the 'mafia raj' from the state rather than unleashing political vendetta. He said the Punjab Police is raiding the state based-factories in connection with drug cases while the state police has no clues about it. “It is surprising that crushers in Punjab have been urging Himachal Pradesh to check the smuggling of mining material from the state,” he added.
Training its guns on the ruling party, the opposition leader said it was the Congress which had accused the BJP of selling the state's land to private universities. After taking reins of the state, the Congress could not prove any of its charges against the BJP and is now endorsing private universities in the state.
Dhumal said, “The state government is amending section 118 for the 7th time. It is clearly evident now as to who put Himachal on sale”.