Vidhan Sabha Speaker Girish Gautam undergoing corona test in Bhopal on Tuesday
Vidhan Sabha Speaker Girish Gautam undergoing corona test in Bhopal on Tuesday

BHOPAL: The Budget session of the state Assembly was adjourned for an indefinite period because of rising number of coronavirus cases in the state. The decision was taken by the Speaker, Girish Gautam, following night curfew being imposed in different districts, including Bhopal, on Tuesday.

The Congress legislators, meanwhile, opposed the government business brought in the Assembly which was not on the agenda. Former minister Jitu Patwari told the Speaker that the amendment Bills which were brought in the Assembly were not on the agenda. After the Speaker said that there was a supplementary agenda, the Congress MLAs walked out of the House on the issue.

Parliamentary affairs minister Narottam Mishra presented the proposal to adjourn the Assembly sine die. He stated that the number of corona infections was rapidly increasing in the state and night curfew had been imposed in Bhopal. “It will be a difficult proposition to run the Assembly even as the night curfew is on. What message will we be giving out to people?” he said.

The Speaker accepted the proposal and announced the adjournment.

MLAs stage walk –out in Vidhan Sabha on Tuesday.
MLAs stage walk –out in Vidhan Sabha on Tuesday.
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Why Cong walked out

Earlier, a meeting was held between the ruling party and the Opposition to discuss the issue of running the Assembly. It was decided to finish all government business and close the Assembly because of the spread of coronavirus.

Jitu Patwari raised an objection on the supplementary agenda, which was not circulated evenly among the members. He also asked the BJP MLAs whether they had received the agenda or not.

Senior leader Govind Singh stated, “In the morning, when the decision was taken at the meeting, the issue of government business wasn’t discussed and that’s why we are staging a walk-out.”

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