15 Congress MLAs expelled from Haryana assembly for creating ruckus
Day-long expulsion: Speaker took action as protesting legislators seeking the House adjournment to discuss Dadupur-Nalvi project denotification didn’t budge despite assuranceindia Updated: Oct 24, 2017 11:39 IST
The Haryana Vidhan Sabha speaker on Monday expelled 15 Congress MLAs from the assembly for a day on the opening day of the session for creating ruckus over seeking House adjournment to discuss the de-notification of the Dadupur-Nalvi irrigation scheme by the BJP government.
The MLAs, who assembled in the well of the House, were demanding that House be adjourned right away and did not yield despite assurances by speaker Kanwar Pal to have a discussion on the matter on Tuesday. The speaker told them that he had allowed an adjournment motion to be taken up on Tuesday.
They, however, kept arguing with the speaker and swarmed the well of the House. After a bout of noisy arguments, the speaker decided to name the 15 Congress lawmakers and ordered they be driven out from the House. In no time, they were surrounded by the House marshals to escort them out of the assembly.
Those expelled were Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Kiran Choudhry (Tosham), Randeep Surjewala (Kaithal), Karan Dalal (Palwal), Kuldeep Sharma (Ganaur), RS Kadian (Beri), Anand Singh Dangi (Meham), Lalit Nagar (Tigaon), Jai Tirth Dahiya (Rai), Sri Kishan Hooda (Baroda), Geeta Bhukkal (Jhajjar), Jagbir Malik (Gohana), Renuka Bishnoi (Hansi), Shakuntala Khatak (Kalanaur), Udai Bhan (Hodal) and Jaiveer Singh (Kharkhauda).
Shouting anti-government slogans, they trooped out of the House.
Later, addressing a press conference, Randeep Surjewala, Kuldeep Sharma and Karan Singh Dalal claimed the speaker did not accede to their demand of adjourning the House right away under pressure from the BJP government.
“Had the speaker followed the rulebook, he would have allowed the adjournment motion today,’’ they said.
Surjewala said the state government could not have ordered de-notification of the Dadupur Nalvi land since the proposed enabling provision in the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition Act is yet to get the President’s assent. While the applicable provision is yet to receive the President’s nod, the Manohar Lal Khattar government went ahead with the de-notification decision under section 101 of the Act on the advice of the Advocate General.
Surjewala said Section 101 cannot be invoked in case of Dadupur Nalvi land as it is not unutilised and it (the section) pertained to land acquired under the 2013 land acquisition law and not the old Act.
Cong legislators non-serious: INLD
Once the Congress MLAs were driven out of the House, leader of the opposition Abhay Singh Chautala accused them of being non-serious in discussing issues of public interest. “It was important that they should remain present when this issues is discussed as the Congress was at the helm when the Dadupur-Nalvi irrigation scheme took shape,’’ Abhay said.
Another INLD MLA Zakir Hussain said the adjournment motion being referred to by the speaker was actually proposed by the INLD MLAs. “The Congress proposed it as an afterthought,’’ he said.
Jailed former MP Ajay Singh Chautala, who is out on parole, on Monday witnessed the House proceedings from the visitor’s gallery. Ajay is undergoing 10-year sentence in the JBT recruitment case. The last he entered the assembly precincts was in 2012 as Dabwali MLA.
Former CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda and deputy leader of INLD legislature group in assembly, Jaswinder Singh Sandhu, were seen shaking hands and exchanging pleasantries when Congress MLAs entered the well of the House to argue with the speaker.
Security personnel manning the entrance of assembly asked a number of visitors, including journalists, to remove any black outfits they were wearing. While senior officials said there were no instructions to do so, it seems the security staff feared “troublemakers” to flash black clothing as a mark of protest in the House.