Congress MLAs walk out of Haryana House twice
Congress MLAs walk out twice from Haryana House to protest against speaker’s decision to convert adjournment motion into calling attention notice
Even as the legislators of the opposition parties cornered the Haryana government in the Vidhan Sabha on the “deteriorating law and order situation”, home minister Anil Vij blunted the attack by dismissing allegations with official data and giving insight into how police trapped the gang with international links responsible for recent extortion calls and death threats to state legislators.
In a well-crafted move, at least 19 Congress MLAs had moved adjournment motions seeking a debate on law and order. The speaker, Gian Chand Gupta, however, said Congress’ adjournment motions along with that of INLD MLA Abhay Singh Chautala had been converted into calling attention notice and clubbed with the admitted calling attention notice of Independent MLA Balraj Kundu.
No sooner after the speaker pronounced his decision and asked Independent MLA Kundu to speak, Congress MLAs furious over the speaker’s verdict were on their feet, seeking a review of the decision.
Senior Congress MLA and former speaker Raghuvir Singh Kadian opened the assault, saying, “Every citizen of Haryana is feeling frightened.” He said one-third of the MLAs want to discuss the prevailing law and order situation under the adjournment motion.
Endorsing his views, Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda also lodged a protest. Hooda asked why the speaker was reluctant to accept Congress’ demand.
Din prevailed in the House as speaker Gupta stuck to his decision. Though he assured that sufficient time would be given to Congress to speak on the issue, the Congress MLAs walked out of the House.
At the core of adjournment motions Congress had moved were the recent death threats and extortion calls that four Haryana legislators had received and the killing of Tauru DSP Surender Singh by the mining mafia in Nuh district on July 19.
After some time, the Congress MLAs came back to the House to take part in the proceedings. Again, veteran Congress MLA Kadian demanded that the discussion on law and order should be held under the adjournment motion that his party colleagues had moved.
But speaker didn’t budge and home minister Anil Vij continued giving a reply mentioning crime figures in comparison to those during the Congress rule.
The opposition party again staged a walkout, protesting against the reply of the home minister, who said: “The law and order situation in the state is peaceful and under control. An atmosphere of communal harmony is prevailing in the state. Citizens belonging to all religions, castes and regions are living peacefully and in harmony. Any law and order issues that have arisen in the past have been tacked effectively and as per law by the Haryana Police.”
Opposition targets treasury benches
The Meham segment MLA Kundu, who led the opposition’s offensive on the motion, described the reply of the home minister as unfortunate. He said from Vij’s reply, it appears as if there is a ‘Ram Rajya’ in Haryana.
“One BJP MLA suffered a brain stroke after receiving death threats...people are living in fear...and the crime is on the rise...DSP is killed by the mining mafia and MLAs of the ruling as well as opposition receive death threats and extortion calls,” Kundu said, advising the government to not duck this serious issue by drawing comparisons of the crime data.
In his characteristic style, INLD MLA Abhay Chautala took pot shots at Vij, while Congress MLA Kadian said his party’s adjournment motion was not political.
“Peace is needed for prosperity. Law and order are linked with attracting investment and economy,” he said, adding under the present government the fear of khakhi has diminished.
He said not only the home minister but also the chief minister was equally accountable for the law and order of the state. Again, din prevailed in the House as Kadian took on the government, alleging a threat to the democracy due to “poor law and order” in Haryana.
During the nearly two-hour debate, former education minister Geeta Bhukkal and Neeraj Sharma also spoke.
Congress’ Shamsher Singh Gogi wrapped the attack saying, “We are discussing the law and order of the state, but law and order of the House is not appropriate,” inviting the wrath of the speaker who asked the members to stick to the subject of the debate. “This House will function as per the rules you have framed,” Gupta said, cautioning the MLAs.
e-Vidhan Sabha will be a milestone in state’s history: Khattar
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar said on Monday that e-Vidhan Sabha will prove to be a milestone in the history of the state.
Speaking at the inauguration of the first session of the “digital Haryana Vidhan Sabha” after inaugurating the National e-Vidhan Application (NEVA) on the tablet, Khattar said through this application, the MLAs can track question hour, calling attention motion, starred and unstarred questions, audio and video of the Vidhan Sabha on the tablets fixed on the benches of each MLA.
The chief minister said that MLAs can use this application not only on mobile but also on computers. Khattar congratulated Haryana Vidhan Sabha speaker Gian Chand Gupta and all the officers and employees of the Vidhan Sabha for starting the NEVA application.
The chief minister said NEVA application has been linked with the works of the Vidhan Sabha, but in the future information related to the areas of MLAs will also be updated in it. With this, MLAs will be able to know how much development work has been done in their area and how much fund has been spent by the government in their area.
Speaker Gupta said e-Vidhan Sabha will have far-reaching positive consequences as now all the work of Vidhan Sabha will be done through e-Vidhan Sabha. “The paperless Vidhan Sabha will help in saving ₹5.50 crore annually,” he said.