By: ML Verma
Shimla: Opposition Congress today lodged another walkout from the Assembly as the House convened for the last day of the budget session, which led to more drama as both the government as well as the Congress Legislative Party claimed to have passed ‘Condemn Motion’ against each other.
As the House commenced with Question Hour, CLP leader Vidya Stokes was on her feet alleging that the opposition was not allowed adjournment motion moved by them on Monday as the Chair converted it under rule 62. She also alleged that despite repeated demand by the Congress leaders, no FIR had yet been registered against those responsible for lathicharge on Congress workers. On this the entire opposition rose from their seats and started shouting slogans in the House and later staged a walkout.
Soon after the walkout, Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal condemned the opposition members’ attitude against ruling of the Chair and supported the move of parliamentary affairs minister JP Nadda to bring “Condemn Motion’ against the opposition for defying the ruling of the Chair and walkout without hearing the speaker.
He said the opposition leadership was directionless and they even did not bother to discuss issues raised by them during the session. Speaker Tulsi Ram said that despite busy curriculum of the House, Congress members sought time to raise other issues. He said that despite getting favour of the Chair, they did not show any interest to attend the House as they remained absent over repeated walkout during the session. He said that Kaul Singh Thakur(Cong-Darang) has sought time yesterday for raise the debate on drought-like situations in the state, but despite taking time for it he did not join the proceeding, which showed his reluctance over the issue.
Parliamentary affairs minister JP Nadda presented the ‘Condemn Motion’ against the opposition members for not showing respect for the ruling of the Chair and showing black badges in the House despite warnings by the speaker. The speaker brought the motion for House approval, which was approved by voice vote in absence of the opposition later.
Later talking HimVani, opposition leader Vidya Stokes said that a CLP meeting was held under her leadership, which passed a ‘Condemn Motion’ against the state government for not ordering FIR against police officers and taxi derivers responsible for lathicharge on Friday. She said that the CLP delegation also met with state Governor Urmila Singh to seek action on the matter.