Bhopal: Speaker Sitasharan Sharma, in a gesture of generosity towards the MLAs whose questions, call-attentions motions etc. could not come up in the House, on Tuesday, allowed 21 of them to have their say during Zero Hour. Normally, the House is a picture of disorder during Zero Hour, with the MLAs shouting simultaneously and trading charges. However, on Tuesday, the scene was altogether different.

One after another, 21 MLAs spoke briefly about the problems of their constituencies in an orderly manner, bringing them on the official record. In some cases, the Speaker also asked the ministers concerned to respond to the remarks of the MLAs.

Most of the MLAs were from the opposition benches, who often complain that they do not get an opportunity to speak in the House. KP Singh, Arif Aqueel, Jaivardhan Singh, Girish Bhandari, Nishank Kumar Jain, Bala Bachchan and Hardeep Singh Dung were among those who said their bit.

It was after a long time that so many MLAs got an opportunity to place their views in Zero Hour.

23,000 families in submergence zone

MLA Bala Bachchan, during Zero Hour, raised the issue of the PAPs of Sardar Sarovar Dam. He said 23,000 families were in the submergence zone. He said 191 villages and one town in Alirajpur, Dhar, Badwani and Khargone districts were in the submergence zone. Ajay Singh said the issue should be discussed by the House

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