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Rajasthan assembly adjourned amid uproar over video on Dudi’s ‘betting link’

The Rajasthan assembly remained deadlocked on Monday amid an uproar over Leader of Opposition Rameshwar Dudi’s alleged involvement in betting.

jaipur Updated: Feb 19, 2018 22:35 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
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Rameshwar Dudy, leader of opposition in the Rajasthan assembly, said the video was edited and the BJP’s allegations are baseless. (HT Photo)

The Rajasthan assembly remained deadlocked on Monday amid an uproar over Leader of Opposition Rameshwar Dudi’s alleged involvement in betting.

The ruling BJP accused Dudi on Friday of being involved in betting, referring to a video that purportedly showed him telling a man that he bet Rs 3 crore in the recent by-elections in the state.

The assembly was adjourned twice amid a din after Speaker Kailash Meghwal stopped Dudi from giving an explanation on the allegation.

The House was initially adjourned for half-an-hour after opposition MLAs entered the well, shouted slogans and staged a dharna during the zero hour. After the House resumed, the opposition MLAs again created an uproar, following which Deputy Speaker Rao Rajendra Singh adjourned the assembly till 4pm.

Earlier, as the assembly resumed at 11am, Opposition Whip Govind Dotasara asked the speaker to allow Dudi to give an explanation on the allegation. The speaker assured to give time after the question hour.

During the zero hour, Meghwal allowed Dudi to speak but when the Leader of Opposition started criticising the budget instead of speaking on the allegation, the speaker refused to give him more time to speak.

Meghwal continued with the proceedings even as the opposition members raised slogans over Dudi being stopped from giving an explanation. Following this, all the opposition entered the well. Amid chaos, Meghwal asked the members to observe silence for the victims of the LPG cylinder blast in Beawar town and adjourned the House.

Addressing newspersons outside the House, Dudi said the government was running away from the reply. “The allegations levelled are baseless and I have nothing to do with betting. The entire incident is a conspiracy and the video was edited. The ruling BJP levelled allegations without any prior notice, which is a violation of assembly rules,” said Dudi.

He said the video was taken from a press conference held in Bikaner. It was of 1.15 hours but edited to 40 seconds to level the allegation, because of which the context changed.

Without naming anyone, the leader of opposition said. “Everyone knows who was behind murder of Dara Singh. There are many audio-video tapes of ruling BJP MLAs…Let everything be probed.”

He added, “The ruling BJP MLAs are levelling allegations against the CM. We will expose all.”

Mining material going to Gujarat: BJP MLA

BJP MLA from Beawar Shanker Singh raised concern over revenue loss to the state because of transportation of mining material to Gujarat.

During the question hour, Singh said, “The entire raw material from Ajmer and Rajsamand is going to Gujarat, which is causing losses to state. This would lead to closure many plants and unemployment of thousands.” He demanded that the practice be stopped.

In replying, state industry ministry Rajpal Singh Shekhawat said, “A large number of mineral grinding plants are there in the state and it is also right that raw material is going to Gujarat for value addition.”

He added, “If the finance department examines it, we will write to mining department. I hope that mining department will take some step to prohibit raw material from going to Gujarat.”

First Published: Feb 19, 2018 22:35 IST