Opposition Congress stages a walkout in Himachal Vidhan Sabha

Pratibha Chauhan

Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 11

The Congress on Wednesday staged a walkout in the Vidhan Sabha, objecting to the expunging of remarks made by their MLA Jagat Singh Negi.

There was pandemonium in the House as Congress legislators walked to the Well of the House and stood next to the Speaker's podium, raising slogans.

The opposition was infuriated when the Speaker turned down the request of the Leader of Opposition to let him raise the issue of expunging of Negi's speech on the directions of Speaker Vipin Parmar.

Question Hour was taken up amid sloganeering by opposition members, who staged a walkout after 35 minutes.

Condemning the Congress, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said the House would run as per rules. He said the Congress MLAs, including the Leader of Opposition, had threatened and dared our MLAs to come forward. He said this is nothing short of goondaism which is against the rich traditions and dignity of the House.

He said Negi's behaviour was highly objectionable, condemnable and unacceptable. He said the remarks by the Congress against the Speaker would not be tolerated. "The absence of senior leadership in the Congress, both inside and outside the House is so evident," he remarked.

He appreciated Speaker Vipin Parmar for running the House smoothly as per rules.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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