Din in Jharkhand Assembly over minister`s dismissal

Last Updated: Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 16:51

Ranchi: Pandemonium prevailed in Jharkhand Assembly on Thursday when Opposition BJP members sought a reply from the Hemant Soren government on the reason behind the dismissal of a Cabinet minister, leading to adjournment of the proceedings twice.

Party members led by BJP MLA and former deputy Chief Minister Raghuvar Das raised the din demanding to know the reason behind the dismissal of Congress leader Chandra Sekhar Dubey, who held the Rural Development portfolio, before being dismissed yesterday by the Chief Minister.

Other Opposition MLAs also added to the ruckus, squatting and raising slogans in support of the demand for a reply from the chief minister as Speaker Shashank Sekhar Bhokta directed the House cameramen not to record the proceedings.

Adding to the noisy scenes, some JMM MLAs also trooped the Well of the House with a separate demand that they wanted to know what government`s stand on "local policy" as it had promised to bring it during the Budget session.
When the agitating MLAs from both the sides ignored the Speaker`s request to allow the Question Hour, he adjourned the House for half-an-hour.

As the din continued even after resumption of the House, the Speaker asked Finance Minister Rajendra Prasad Singh to table the supplementary budget before the House was adjourned again till 2 pm on the second day of the Budget session.

Soren had dismissed Dubey, apparently for recently levelling corruption charges against him.

PTI

First Published: Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 16:51

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