BHOPAL : Opposition members in the legislative Assembly on Wednesday offered a saffron scarf, a kamandal and a ghanti to chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan in his absence, asking him to take sanyas and give up the post as per his announcement following the government’s revelation that there was fault in application form of Ritu Chauhan, chief minister’s niece.
The issue emerged during discussion on demands of grants and led to ruckus in the House before lunch break with the Congress and BJP MLAs having arguments.
Leader of opposition Satyadev Katare, MLA Mukesh Naik entered the House with saffron dupatta, kamandal and ghanti after talking with media.
“Chief Minister Chauhan had announced to quit politics and take sanyas in case of any charge is proved against him. We had raised the issue appointment of his niece Ritu Chauhan as deputy collector through MPPSC and two days back, the government’s minister accepted that there was fault in her application submitted to MPPSC. As we were saying that Ritu was selected following pressure of the chief minister and as he had announced, he must take sanyas,” said Katare.
Congress MLA Bala Bacchan handed over the three things to Assembly officers to give it to the chief minister prompting parliamentary affairs minister Dr Narottam Mishra, Gopal Bhargava and Gaurshankar Shejwar to intervene.
Mishra said, the opposition members disrespected the house by bringing such things here. Censure motion must be passed against them.
Katare repeated his statement. “Two days after the GAD minister’s reply in which he accepted fault in the process on the part of MPPSC, we arrived in the House,” he said.
Raising point of order, Parliamentary affairs minister Mishra asked how and with whose permission, members entered with such things in the House. Whether they sought permission from the speaker before it, he said.
Katare quoted the example of 1997 when opposition MLAs including Shejwar had showed a long list of transfers of employees. “This was the list of government employees transferred overlooking the norms and the matter was heard by privilege committee later,” Shejwar said adding that this matter should be referred to privilege committee.
Deputy speaker Rajendra Singh gave the ruling that such things cannot be brought in the House without speaker’s permission and adjourned the house for lunch break.
‘People have decided who will pick up the Kamandal’
Talking to newspersons later, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh accused the Congress of being obsessed with him. “They have little to do except hurling unsubstantiated and baseless charges at me”, he said. Taking a dig at Congress members bringing ‘Kamandal’ into the House, he said that the people of the State have already decided who will carry the ‘Kamandal’ in an apparent reference to the successive Congress defeats in Vidhan Sabha and Lok Sabha polls.