Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): The four-day monsoon session of the Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly was adjourned sine die on very second day on Tuesday.
Amid the din in the House, where BJP enjoys a majority, six bills including the MP Excise (Amendment) Bill prescribing capital punishment and life imprisonment in the cases related to deaths caused by the consumption of spurious liquor, were declared passed. The first supplementary demands of Rs 4465 crore for FY 2021-22 were also declared passed.
In the 230-member House, the BJP has 125 MLAs, Congress 95, BSP 2, SP 1, and 4 are Independents. Three seats are currently vacant, as per the state Assembly website.
On the second day of the session, there was a fierce argument between the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress party, following which the Speaker Girish Gautam adjourned the session indefinitely.
The Congress legislators, who had walked out from house demanding a government holiday on World Tribal Day, reached the state assembly wearing aprons with slogans in support of OBC reservation and anti- government slogans.
During the Question Hour on the second day of the session, a question on prices of petrol and diesel was asked, after which the Leader of Opposition, Kamal Nath raised the issue of inflation, saying that the Congress has moved an adjournment motion, so it should be discussed. After this the Congress MLAs created a ruckus and the proceedings of the assembly were adjourned for half an hour by the Speaker.
When the proceedings started again, the ruckus continued and the Speaker announced the indefinite adjournment.
In the assembly, a dispute also erupted over the issue of tribals and backwards between leaders of both the parties. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan accused the Congress of "trying to spread confusion and dividing the society." He claimed that the opposition party on Monday attempted to spread confusion about tribals and today (Tuesday) it is trying to confuse the backward classes.
Referring to the then Congress government, Chouhan said, "On March 8, 2019, the then government had promised to implement 14 to 27 per cent reservation. A petition was filed on 10th March and the stay came on 19th March. From 10th to 19th, the then Kamal Nath government did not even present its Advocate General in the court. The then government did not even make any effort during its rule. Kamal Nath has stabbed the backward class in the back. Congress is doing hypocrisy and backward classes have been betrayed by Congress."
Further slamming Kamal Nath, Chouhan said, "He should answer what the Congress did to maintain the 27 percent reservation. We will not allow the hypocrisy of Congress, we will leave no stone unturned in giving reservation to the backward classes."
(With input from Agencies)
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