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Walkout over Speaker?s ruling

THE OPPOSITION members staged a walkout from the Assembly Friday afternoon over the Speaker?s ruling of not allowing a division of vote on a private resolution moved by BJP MLA Lal Singh Arya.

india Updated: Feb 18, 2006 14:02 IST

THE OPPOSITION members staged a walkout from the Assembly Friday afternoon over the Speaker’s ruling of not allowing a division of vote on a private resolution moved by BJP MLA Lal Singh Arya.

CPM’s Ramlakhan Sharma had demanded division of vote regarding withdrawal of the private resolution for setting up of a development authority for sanitation workers. Arya withdrew it at the insistence of the Urban Administration Minister Jayant Malaiya and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narottam Mishra.

Sudha Jain, who was on the chair, ignored the demand of division of vote and took up next proceedings, annoying the Opposition members.

As members of Opposition became vocal on the issue, Speaker Ishwardas Rohani assumed the chair and ruled that there cannot be division of vote upon private resolution. He also said since the proceedings had moved further and the next agenda was put into records, the proceedings could not be reverted.

Sharma and other opposition members including Rajnarayan Singh of Congress and IMP Verma of BSP insisted that Sharma had demanded division of vote during the discussion on the issue but the chair had ignored it. As the Speaker held on to his decision of not allowing the proceedings to revert, the opposition members staged a walkout in protest. Arya had moved the resolution, saying that unless a separate development authority is established for sanitation workers there is no hope for their socio-economic uplift.

It drew wide support from entire opposition with Rajnarayan Singh, IMP Verma and BJP’s Durgalal Vijay speaking for the resolution.

However, Urban Administration Minister Jayant Malaiya in his reply mentioned that the State Government is already running a number of welfare schemes for the sanitation workers and there socio-economic condition has bettered over the years. He urged Arya to withdraw the resolution. While the opposition members insisted upon Arya not to withdraw the resolution, Arya did so.

Following this, Jain, who was in chair put up the motion for verbal vote and saying that `aye’s’ had won, ruled withdrawal of the resolution.


... and also over information ‘denial’
UPROARIOUS SCENES were witnessed in Assembly on Friday as Congress members staged a walkout accusing the State Government of deliberately denying them desired information sought through questions. Raising the issue during Question Hour, Congress MLA Dr Govind Singh said Government denied answers to their umpteen questions by simply stating that details are being collected (Jankari Ektrit Ki Ja Rahi Hai).

Speaker, taking serious note of the complaint, asked all the members to give him a list of their question in which they had received this sort of answer. But, turmoil erupted again when Leader of Opposition Jamuna Devi accused the Government of denying answers to members’ questions in the context of Congress MLA Sobaran Singh’s question, leading to Congress walkout.

Earlier, while replying to questions of Congress members Sukhdev Panse and Ramgulam Uiekey, Revenue Minister Kamal Patel assured the House to get back the tribals due possession of their land, allegedly taken away by upper caste members. In case of land acquired by the Government from tribals for developmental projects, alternative land will be provided, he said.

First Published: Feb 18, 2006 14:02 IST