Cong targets CM, House adjourned

THE BUDGET session of the State Assembly was today adjourned sine die following an uproar by the Opposition MLAs, who were demanding resignation of the Chief Minister for allegedly holding two offices of profit.

india Updated: Mar 25, 2006 13:36 IST

THE BUDGET session of the State Assembly was today adjourned sine die following an uproar by the Opposition MLAs, who were demanding resignation of the Chief Minister for allegedly holding two offices of profit.

Soon after the House paid tributes to Indian National Army’s Colonel Gurubaksh Singh Dhillon and former member of the House Manohar Singh Mehta, leader of Opposition Jamuna Devi sought to raise the issue of the Chief Minister continuing to be a member of Lok Sabha and said he should immediately resign the post.

However, the Speaker did not allow her. As the Congress MLAs trooped to the well of the House demanding resignation of the Chief Minister, the Speaker adjourned the House for 10 minutes.

After the House met again, Jamuna Devi again sought to raise the issue and when the Speaker declined her permission, agitated Congress MLAs again walked into well of the House forcing another adjournment.

When the House reassembled after Question Hour, Speaker allowed Jamuna Devi to speak on the issue despite objections raised by some ministers. Chouhan had also come to House by then.

Jamuna Devi said that there was a constitutional crisis in the State as the Chief Minister had not resigned his membership of Lok Sabha.

Referring BJP MLAs Laxman Singh Gaud and Lal Singh Arya, she said both were members of Panch-Ja Committee, a post of profit, and hence were liable for disqualification from the House. After briefly listening to the leader of Opposition, Speaker disallowed her to raise the issue in the House, leading to uproar once again.

Congress MLAs trooped to well, shouting ‘istifa do, istifa do’. As the din persisted and Congress MLAs refused to return to their seats, the Speaker ran through the remaining business and adjourned the House sine dine.The session not only ended prematurely (it was scheduled to last till April 5) but also on a bitter note.

The Speaker adjourned the House after quickly wrapping up today’s business amid slogan shouting by the Opposition members in the well. Today’s question booklet was of 207 pages and 45 call-attention motions were listed in the business.

First Published: Mar 25, 2006 13:36 IST