BHOPAL: On the day when chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan completed 12 years in office, the opposition Congress went on offensive in Madhya Pradesh assembly, stalling proceedings over their demand for a debate on rising incidents of crime against women in the state.
The Congress members who have been demanding since Tuesday, a debate in the assembly through adjournment motion on the rising incidents of crime against women in the state (including capital Bhopal) stalled proceedings in the house, repeatedly trooping into the well of house since the start of proceedings on Wednesday.
The house was adjourned five times within an hour and forty minutes, including three times during the question hour. The state assembly was finally adjourned for the day at 12.45 pm during the zero hour, as the Congress members continued to stall proceedings over not being allowed debate on the issue through adjournment motion.
The opposition party legislators repeatedly trooped into well of the house and shouted slogans, even as the speaker Sitasaran Sharma repeatedly tried to ask them to return to their benches and allow the house function.
The opposition party legislators spearheaded by leader of opposition Ajay Singh ‘Rahul’ and senior legislators Ramniwas Rawat and Dr Govind Singh also indulged in heated war of words with senior cabinet ministers Gopal Bhargava and Umashankar Gupta.
“We gave a notice requesting for adjournment motion to debate the rising incidents of crime against women in the state, in the wake of the October 31 gang-rape of a young girl in capital Bhopal, but it seems that the state government doesn’t treat the issue as important. We don’t come here to merely sit on chairs, but to raise matters of burning importance. However, it seems our concerns will not be addressed at all,” said leader of opposition Ajay Singh ‘Rahul.’
His senior party colleagues Dr Govind Singh and Sunderlal Tiwari asked the state government to come clear on whether the issue is important and worth a detailed debate or not.
The state’s minister for Panchayati Raj and Rural Development Gopal Bhargava responded by saying, “all the accused have been arrested in the incident on which the opposition members want debate. Also, our government is bringing a public safety bill in this session which will pave the passage for death penalty to those convicted for raping minors.”
But with the opposition members not ready to return to their benches sans a debate on the issue via adjournment motion, the house was adjourned for the day at 12.45 pm.
Agitated over not being allowed debate via adjournment motion in the house, the Congress members led by leader of opposition, later staged a silent protest in the state assembly premises under the statue of Mahatma Gandhi for around half an hour.