Opponents boycotts HP Assembly proceedings

The first day of monsoon session begins with stormy note in Shimla today, as opposition seeking adjournment motion about damage caused by recent flood and heavy rains in the state, boycotted house proceedings.

Soon before speaker was to start with question hour this morning, Suresh Bhardwaj (BJP-Shimla) sought ruling of chair stating that he, Ravinder Singh Ravi, Mohinder Singh and Satpal Singh Satti had given notice today demanding immediate discussion after bringing adjournment motion under rule 66 on the matter of recent flood and damage caused by heavy rains.

Speaker Brij Bihari Lal Butail said that he had received the letter over this matter but he rejected the demands on technical grounds. Moreover, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh also have to make statement in the house about this matter latter today and would also address the concern of members.

It did not relent the opposition as its all member rose on their seats seeking immediate ruling by the chair keeping the urgency of matter. The speaker called Chief Minister to present the statement before the question hours to satisfy the protesting opposition but they did not allowed Mr. Singh to read the statement.

Leader of opposition Prem Kumar Dhumal stated in the house that he did not found any reason over the stalemate which prevailed in the house as Chief Minister himself want to make statement over the matter and members of the house also want discussion it should allow by the chair today.

“Chief Minister have to give statement under rule 130 but it did not have provision to take part by the members, therefore, no one should have problem either from the chair or from treasury benches to discuss it without delay, which could be taken today even after the question hours”, Mr. Dhumal said.

Chair did not conceded opposition plea stating time and again that he could not allow discussion on the adjournment motion as it had rejected the matter on technical ground. The question hour proceeded amid opposition protest, which loaded slogans against the government alleging that it remained fail to address the flood situation in the state and also to provide compensation to the affected.

Later talking to media persons, Mr. Dhumal charged the government to scuttle its move to raise the genuine issue in the house after strategically bringing statement of Chief Minister during the house proceeding. He said that state remained failed to balm the wounds of people caused by recent floods and rain as they have not been given compensations. Moreover, state could get any penny from the center in the name of calamity relief.

Addressing media persons in his chamber, Mr. Singh accused the BJP members to disrupt the proceeding. “The conduct of opposition members was highly condemnable today as they have shown disrespect to ruling of the chair”, Chief Minister said.

“The matter was between the Chair and opposition and government had nothing to do with the ruling. It followed the ruling of chair, as he did not accept their motion on technical grounds”, Mr. Singh said accusing opponents to come in the well of house and lodged protest not allowing the house to function smoothly.

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