Gandhinagar: Opposition Congress on Wednesday walked out from the state assembly demanding apology from Gujarat Tribal Development Minister Mangu Patel for his remarks allegedly depicting the tribal community in poor light.
In a reply to the statements of the House, on a motion brought in by the Congress MLA Mohansinh Rathwa, about delay in development of tribal areas in Gujarat, Patel said, "Adivasi to bidi anne bhoomla mein khari jaaye se (Tribals can be bought for bidi and Bhoomla-fish)".
Irked over remarks of the Minister, the Congress MLAs began shouting slogans in the House `Magubhai Maafi Maange` (Magubhai should tender apology).
However, the minister refused to tender apology following which Congress walked out of the House shouting anti-government slogans.
After coming out from the House, Senior Congress MLA leader Siddharth Patel told reporters that our MLA Mohansinh Rathwa had brought in a motion in the House, raising serious concern over the neglect of tribals in Gujarat and injustice being meted out to them by the state government.
In reply to statements of House members on the motion, the minister made derogatory remarks, which depict the entire tribal community in poor light and is a insult to them, he said.
Patel said we demanded from the Minister an apology in the House and take back his words. However, he refused to do so and then we had no other option but to walk out from the Assembly.
Rathwa in the motion had also alleged that the development work in tribal areas which should had been done on a fast track basis have been delayed due to small budgetary allocations by the state government.