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32 MLAs suspended from Chhattisgarh assembly

Thirty-two legislators of Chhattisgarh's opposition Congress party were suspended for a day from the state assembly after they trooped towards the speaker's podium.

india Updated: Feb 03, 2009 16:13 IST

Thirty-two Congress MLAs were suspended from the Chhattisgarh Assembly on Tuesday, after the opposition stormed into the well of the House seeking discussion through the adjournment motion on Singaram police-naxal encounter that allegedly killed 17 tribals in Dantewada on January 9.

As soon as the House assembled for the Question Hour, the opposition congress sought to discuss the encounter issue through the adjournment motion on priority.

The Speaker Dhramlal Kaushik disagreed. The House was repeatedly adjourned for 10 minutes as the Speaker tried to calm the opposition.

Replying to the opposition demand, the ruling BJP government reiterated that naxalites propagate encounters as fake to demoralise the police force and promote their nefarious designs.

“The issue is sub-judice as there is a writ petition on it in the High Court and would not be appropriate to discuss in the House”, said the home minister Nanki Ram Kanwar and refused to consider the Congress Party demand.

The Chair asked the opposition to put forth their arguments to justify the demand for the acceptance of the adjournment motion. But the Opposition was adamant for discussion on the motion and not on its merit of acceptance. The Congress MLAs demanded to constitute the House Committee to undertake the fact-finding inquiry on the encounter.

When the proceeding began at 12.35 pm the entire Congress members raising the anti-government slogans entered the speaker's podium. The speaker suspended the entire opposition for the day. Later the House was adjourned till on Wednesday.

The Congress has a strength of 38 in the 90-member house. Six members were absent on Tuesday.

According to the Chhattisgarh Assembly proceeding rules, anyone entering the well of the House gets automatically suspended and the suspension tenure is decided by the Speaker. All the 34 members were suspended for the day.

Acting on the directive of Chhattisgarh High Court a team of doctors on previous on Sunday conducted post-mortem on eight exhumed bodies allegedly killed in the ‘fake’ encounter at Singaram village.

First Published: Feb 03, 2009 15:16 IST