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Gujarat: Four injured as BJP, Congress MLAs trade blows inside state assembly

The chaos unfolded after Congress MLA Paresh Dhanani raised the issue of farmers’ suicide in the state.

india Updated: Feb 23, 2017 13:07 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Ahmedabad
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Congress MLA Baldev Thakor receives treatment on the assembly premises after the fracas.(HT Photo)

Four legislators, including a woman BJP minister, were injured on Thursday when a clash broke out inside the Gujarat assembly between opposition Congress and the ruling party members during the budget session proceedings.

Speaker Ramanlal Vora adjourned the House after the violent showdown.

Two Congress MLAs- Baldev Thakor and Paresh Dhanani- were suspended by Vora for the entire budget session that concludes on March 31. Other 46 Congress MLAs have been suspended for a day.

The chaos unfolded after Congress MLA Paresh Dhanani raised the issue of farmers’ suicide in the state. Both the parties blamed each other for the incident and the MLAs reportedly dislodged microphones and damaged other interiors of the House.

While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) accused Congress MLA Baldev Thakor of hitting minister of state for women and child welfare Nirmala Wadhwani, the Opposition party maintained it was BJP MLAs Praful Pansuriya and Kanti Amrutiya who used foul words and later launched an attack on their legislators.

BJP minister Nirmala Wadhwani address mediapersons after receiving treatment. (HT Photo)

“The act of Thakor has been captured on CCTV cameras. While marshals tried to control him, he came rushing and hit Wadhwani. In the process, two other MLAs were also injured,” deputy chief minister Nitin Patel said.

“They (BJP) should have allowed live telecast of assembly proceedings. But it is being not done. The CCTV footage will reveal that not a single Congress MLA attacked anyone. Instead, Pansuriya and Amrutiya used unparliamentary language and in the chaos, Thakor was injured,” Congress MLA and national spokesperson Shaktisinh Gohil said.

“To divert attention from real issues like gang rape by BJP men, suicide by farmers and unemployment being raised by the Congress, the BJP stoop to such a low level,” he added.

In its bid to corner the BJP, Congress has been on the offensive from the first day of the budget session on various issues, including the Naliya gang rape of a 24-year-old married woman who has accused BJP workers among other men.

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First Published: Feb 23, 2017 12:33 IST