Ahmedabad: Irked over an "irrelevant" speech by Gujarat Minister Fakir Vaghela, Opposition Congress Friday staged a walkout from the State Assembly, shouting slogans against the government.
Gujarat Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Vaghela,
during his speech, made reference of suspension of Kerala MP A
P Abdullah Kutty of CPI(M) for praising Gujarat Chief Minister
Narendra Modi and mentioned the Supreme Court`s order on
He also spoke about Darul Uloom Deoband vice-chancellor
Maulana Ghulam Mohammad Vastanvi`s comments that Muslims were
not being discriminated in Gujarat.
"It is tradition of House that one should not quote a
person who is not present there, but violating that he
(Vaghela) kept quoting people who were not there," Leader of
Opposition Shaktisingh Gohil told reporters.
"The Speaker took a note of it and intimated him
(Vaghela) to refrain from doing so. But, when even the Speaker
was not able to restrict him we had no option but to walk out
from the Assembly," Gohil said.
Meanwhile, Vaghela said the stand of Congress was
"The stand of Congress on my speech is not justified at
all since I was not making any personal comments. I was just
quoting few references, which is permissible," he told reporters.
The Congress also alleged that Gujarat Chief Minister
Narendra Modi was doing unnecessary publicity through various
forums to popularise his government and overlooking core
issues related to the common man in the state.
Gohil said questions raised by Congress on the state`s
support to widow pension scheme, electricity to farmers for
irrigation, and measures to stop industrialists from
withdrawing water from dark zones remained unanswered.
"Instead of replying back to our specific queries, the
BJP ministers are speaking about issues which are irrelevant,"
Earlier, during the Question Answer Session, Congress
said the state government should not organise fairs and
functions but concentrate on solving the basic problems of
During discussion on the Rann Utsav in Kutch, Gohil said
government should constitute a trust to bring in transparency
in organising such fairs.
Tourism minister Jaynarayan Vyas shot back, raising the
issue of alleged scams of Congress-led UPA government at the
Centre. "Our government is organising fairs and festivals,
which is good than indulging in scams."