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Three Cong MLAs suspended after chaos breaks out in Gujarat assembly

While Pratap Dudhat and Amrish Der were suspended for three years, Baldevji Thakor was suspended for a year. Dudhat allegedly hit a BJP MLA with a microphone.

india Updated: Mar 14, 2018 20:10 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Ahmedabad
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Gujarat deputy chief minister Nitinbhai Patel addresses the media after the ruckus in the Gujarat assembly on Wednesday.(ANI Twitter)

Two first-time Congress MLAs were suspended for three years and another for a year after a BJP member was allegedly hit by a microphone in violence that broke out in the Gujarat assembly on Wednesday.

The Congress has charged MLAs of the ruling party with provoking its members by using foul language. The BJP, however, denied any such occurrence. “No BJP member said anything that shouldn’t have been said. The CCTV footage will prove everything,” said deputy chief minister Nitin Patel.

Congress MLA Pratap Dudhat, who allegedly hit BJP member Jagdish Panchal with the microphone, and his colleague Amrish Der, who disobeyed speaker Rajendra Trivedi’s orders, have been suspended for three years. Another MLA Baldevji Thakor, who allegedly punched his BJP rivals in the assembly lobby, has been suspended for a year.

A request in this regard was submitted by Nitin Patel.

It all started when Congress member Vikram Madam tried to raise a point of order during the Question Hour. Patel responded by stating that a point of order couldn’t be raised because Congress whip Shailesh Parmar had already raised one, triggering a war of words in the assembly.

Madam, however, insisted on speaking. His party colleague, Amrish Der, asked speaker Rajendra Trivedi to allow Madam to speak. When Trivedi objected to his tone, Madam and Der rushed into the well of the House. The speaker suspended both the MLAs for the day and ordered that they be marshalled out. This enraged Dudhat, who yanked out his desk microphone and allegedly hit Panchal with it. The speaker suspended Dudhat for the rest of the session and adjourned the House, but the scenario remained chaotic.

“This is a very unfortunate incident. But the BJP MLAs should not have used unparliamentarily language in the first place,” said Congress MLA Alpesh Thakor.

Madam told mediapersons that he had been trying to raise an issue in the House for 10 days now, but was not allowed to speak. “Today, I tried to bring it up by raising a point of order. But I was suspended soon afterwards. I do not even know what I was being suspended for,” he said.

The session, which began on February 28 and will run till March 31, has been acrimonious at large. As many as 28 Congress MLAs were suspended on Tuesday for creating a ruckus in the House over the suspension of party colleague Virji Thumar. The speaker revoked the suspension in the second half of the day after the Congress’ chief whip tendered an apology.

The Congress is making its presence felt in the House now that it has 78 members, its highest count in over 20 years.

(With agency inputs)

First Published: Mar 14, 2018 15:55 IST