Gujarat Assembly adjourned over 'porngate'

Congress MLAs stalled proceedings for third day seeking dismissal of two BJP MLAs accused of watching porn in House.

Published: 23rd March 2012 10:50 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 06:41 PM   |  A+A-

GANDHINAGAR: The Gujarat Assembly was today adjourned for an hour as Congress MLAs stalled the proceedings for the third consecutive day, seeking dismissal of two BJP MLAs accused of watching porn in the House.

As soon as the question hour began Congress MLAs began slogan shouting "dismiss those viewing nude clips in the House" and left their seats and gathered near the Speaker's podium.

They did not stop shouting despite repeated requests made by the Speaker to pacify them. "Please let the House function and kindly take your seats," Gujarat Speaker Ganpat Vasava said.

But as the members continued shouting and throwing paper in the air for around five minutes, the Speaker adjourned the house till the end of Question Hour.

Yesterday, the Gujarat Assembly had to be adjourned four times due to uproar over the issue, and all the Congress MLAs were later suspended for the day, for disrupting the House proceedings.

BJP MLAs Shankar Chaudhary and Jetha Bharwad are under scanner for allegedly watching obscene pictures during the House proceedings.

On March 20, Radhanpur MLA Chaudhary and fellow BJP MLA from Shera Bharward were seen spending time on a tablet during the House proceedings and it is alleged that they were watching obscene pictures of women.

Meanwhile, all Congress MLAs have been again suspended from the State Assembly for the day for allegedly disrupting the House by slogan shouting, demanding dismissal of the accused BJP MLAs.

When the Assembly commenced after the Question Hour, following an adjournment over uproar by the Congress, Minister of State for Legislative Affairs Pradeepsinh Jadeja raised a point of order against the Opposition party members.

Jadeja said that since last three days the Congress MLAs were disrupting the House by sloganeering and tearing vital documents of the Assembly and throwing it before the Speaker.

He said that these demonstrations were despite the ruling by the Speaker and constituting an enquiry into allegations against the MLAs and this amounts to dishonouring the Speaker.

The MLAs came under scanner for allegedly watching obscene pictures during the House proceedings after a journalist of a vernacular newspaper brought the incident to the notice of the Speaker. The Speaker has constituted an enquiry on the issue and has sent the iPAD of the MLA to Forensic Science Laboratory for analysis.

Jadeja also blamed the Congress for restricting the MLAs from raising their queries about their areas in the Assembly, by not allowing the Question Hour to function.


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