Porngate: Congress MLAs suspended for 4th day

Last Updated: Monday, March 26, 2012 - 19:12

Gandhinagar: Congress MLAs in the Gujarat
were suspended for the fourth straight working day today for
disrupting the proceeding of the Assembly demanding
dismissal of two BJP legislators for allegedly watching porn
in their I-Pad inside the House last week.

When the issue was raised in the house, the Speaker had
ordered a probe into the matter by the privilege committee of
the House and had got seized the I-Pad of the MLA and sent it
for forensic examination.

However, the porngate controversy has refused to die
down despite the Forensic Science Laboratory giving a clean
chit to the ruling party MLAs with the main Opposition
creating a ruckus, forcing adjournment of the House thrice.

Today, the Congress MLAs wore black banners to the
assembly with slogans emblazoned on them demanding dismissal
of the two BJP legislators accused of watching obscene
pictures.

Despite repeated pleas by Speaker Ganpat Vasava to
remove the banners hung around their necks, the defiant
Congress MLAs refused to oblige and chanted slogans in support
of their demand, forcing the chair to adjourn the House
thrice.
When the house reassembled after the second
adjournment, Minister of State for Legislative Affairs
Pradeepsinh Jadeja moved a motion seeking suspension of the
Congress MLAs for "disregarding" the Speaker.

Jadeja said that despite a ruling by the Speaker and
his repeated requests, the Congress MLAs had not removed the
banners and moved a motion seeking their suspension for
disregarding the Chair. The motion was passed by a voice vote
and the house adjourned for the third time till lunch amid
noisy scenes.

The proceedings got drowned in the din from the word
go with Congress legislators insisting on dismissal of BJP
MLAs Shankar Chaudhary and Jetha Bharwad, facing a probe by
the Privileges Committee after being accused of watching lurid
pictures on the iPad. The House had to be adjourned hardly 4-5
minutes into the day`s sitting.
When it met again after adjournment, Jadeja raised a
point of order against the Congress MLAs, saying sporting
banners amounted to "dishonouring" the House and was against
the rules. He demanded action against them for showing utter
disregard for the Speaker.

PTI



First Published: Monday, March 26, 2012 - 19:12

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