Congress stalls Chhattisgarh House on Civil Supplies scam; demands CBI probe
Main Opposition Congress on Monday boycotted the proceedings of Chhattisgarh Assembly and walked out of the House demanding dismissal of Food and Civil Supplies Minister Punnulal Mohile over the alleged "scam" in his department and a CBI probe into it.
Raipur: Main Opposition Congress on Monday boycotted the proceedings of Chhattisgarh Assembly and walked out of the House demanding dismissal of Food and Civil Supplies Minister Punnulal Mohile over the alleged "scam" in his department and a CBI probe into it.
As the House met this morning to take up the Question Hour, Congress members led by Leader of Opposition, T S Singhdeo were on their toes raising slogans against the state government and demanded Mohile's dismissal.
Citing a local newspaper report which claimed the minister and other officials of the Civil Supplies Corporation as beneficiaries of the alleged scam, Congress MLAs sought immediate discussion on the issue suspending the Question Hour.
Despite repeated directions by Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal to agitated members to resume seats and allow Question Hour to function, they kept shouting and sloganeering.
Amid chaos, the Speaker adjourned the House for five minutes.
As the House resumed, Singhdeo again raised the issue seeking a CBI probe into the alleged scam.
Besides, he also raised the issue of alleged irregularities in paddy procurement and bonus to farmers against their paddy, disrupting the proceedings.
As mayhem ruled the House, the Question Hour concluded following which the Speaker allowed to take up further listed business in the House while the Congress remained shouting.
Later, Congress members walked out from the House accusing the state government of remaining "indifferent" to the woes of farmers in the state and of being engaged in corruption.
After taking up a call attention motion the Speaker allowed for a general discussion on the Budget tabled in the Assembly last week.
When Opposition members?didn't?return to the House, the Speaker?postponed the discussion for the next day and adjourned it observing that discussion on the Budget in the absence of Opposition members is not the tradition of the Chhattisgarh Assembly.
Meanwhile, Congress MLAs staged a protest in front of the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in support of their demands.
Through simultaneous raids in 28 premises of Chhattisgarh State Civil Supplies department scattered in several districts on February 12, the ACB had recovered unaccounted cash to the tune of crores from its officials and employees.