HP: Oppn stages walkout on repatriation of ED officer

  • Gaurav Bisht, Hindustan Times, Shimla
  • Updated: Aug 24, 2015 19:18 IST
Bhupinder Singh Negi.

The second day of the monsoon session began on a fiery note with opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) creating uproar in the House on Monday. Later, they staged a walkout, demanding adjournment to discuss issues related to corruption, particularly repatriation of Himachal Pradesh police cadre officer who was deputed as assistant director in enforcement directorate and was investigating the money laundering case concerning chief minister Virbhadra Singh’s principal private secretary Subash Ahluwalia .

Soon after Speaker Brij Bihari Lal Butail initiated the question hour, BJP’s chief whip Suresh Bhardwaj and senior leader and former minister Ravinder Singh Ravi wanted to know about their adjournment notices. Both maintained that the recalling of additional superintendent of police Bhupinder Singh Negi from the enforcement directorate was matter of immense importance since it was related chief minister’s office.

Both Ravi and Bhardwaj referred to the news item published in Hindustan Times today. The Speaker time and again urged the opposition benches that he has sent their notices for adjournment to the government for consideration. However, they alleged that the officer was called back on the pretext of vacancies of additional superintendent of police, whereas there were many Indian Administrative Service Officers, Indian Police officers on central deputation.

The BJP legislators demanded to allow them to speak and switch on the microphone. After being denied the permission, the agitated BJP legislators waved copies of the newspaper clipping.

Thereafter, parliamentary affairs minister Mukesh Agnihotri tried to pacify the opposition members, asking them to allow the question hour to continue. Agnihotri also stated that recalling the officer was not a matter pertaining to state government, as it was the Chandigarh office of enforcement director dealing with the case.

But after the Speaker directed to go ahead with the question hour, it further agitated the opposition members, who resorted to sloganeering which continued for 10 minutes. Later, the opposition members staged a walk out amidst the question hour.

The opposition alleged that the government was shying away from the discussing issues related to corruption and from the issues of public interest.

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