HP Cong stages walkout over lathi charge on party
Shimla: Opposition Congress on Thursday staged a walkout in Himachal Pradesh Assembly over the alleged lathi charge on the party workers by the police near AG office.
The leader of the opposition, Vidya Stokes raised the issue few minutes before the house was adjourned sine die and sought a magisterial enquiry into the lathi charge on the protesting Congress activists near AG office yesterday.
Defending police action, Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal Congress said that earlier, the Congress announced to hold protest on August 27 but later changed their strategy and deferred the protest rally to August 29 whereas the Himachal Lokhit Morcha had already taken permission to hold the rally on the same day.
Dhumal said that it was a normal practice that protests were never allowed near Assembly complex during the session but the Congress deliberately organised the protest at AG office where section 114 was clamped.
"The government had no intention to curb the Congress agitation as everyone has the right to protest peacefully and could cordon the Assembly," he added.
The chief minister asked the Congress members to give a written complaint for initiating the enquiry but the Congress members insisted that a magisterial enquiry be ordered instantly.
Later, the agitated Congress workers raised slogans against the government and left the house before the speaker adjourned the house.
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