Winter session ends on stormy note
The six-day winter session of the Himachal Pradesh assembly on Saturday ended the way it had started - on a stormy note.
On Saturday, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislators protested in the well of the House over Congress MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary's reported statement that chief minister (CM) Virbhadra Singh had implicated him in a murder case he is being tried for in Panchkula, Haryana.
The BJP members had moved an adjournment motion notice - the third in this session - for discussion on the allegations levelled by Chaudhary, who is behind bars in Panchkula at present. When speaker Brij Biharilal Butail entered the House, senior BJP leader Mahender Singh was on his legs, enquiring about the adjournment motion. “It is very serious in nature,” said Mahender Singh.
Speaker Brij Bihari Lal Butail, however, said he had got the notice by the BJP, but could not accept it as the matter was sub-judice. In response to this, BJP legislator Ravinder Singh Ravi waved copies of newspapers having reports about Chaudhary's statements. Ravi demanded that a debate be held on the issue as the statement had been given by the accused MLA in court. He was soon joined by other opposition MLAs, who protested by standing on their chairs.
Congress members raised counter-slogans, which resulted in heated exchanges between the ruling and Opposition members. Meanwhile, minister of parliamentary affairs Mukesh Agnihotri said that under the rule for adjournment motion, no sub-judice matter could be brought up for discussion in the House.
As the speaker asked for resumption of zero hour, BJP members moved to the well of the House and kept raising slogans till the session was adjourned sine die. Amid the commotion, chief minister appraised the house about the awards received by the state government for health and investment sectors in Delhi on Friday. He condemned the BJP for staging protests and stating that the Congress ran away from discussions on people's issue.