Jharkhand: Suspension against five MLAs withdrawn

Suspension of five opposition MLAs was withdrawn two hours after they were suspended for disrupting the Jharkhand Assembly proceedings.

Last Updated: Mar 03, 2011, 19:14 PM IST

Ranchi: Suspension of five opposition MLAs
was withdrawn two hours after they were suspended for
disrupting the Jharkhand Assembly proceedings.

A motion for withdrawing the suspension was passed by
voice vote.

After the withdrawal of suspension, Deputy Chief Minister
Sudesh Mahto, Leader of Opposition R P Singh and Senior BJP
leader Raghuvar Das brought back the five suspended MLAs to
the House.

The suspended MLAs were JVM(P)`s Pradip Yadav, Congress
MLAs Sawna Lakra, Chandrasekhar Dubey, Yogendra Sao and K N
Tripathy.

Land and Revenue Minister Mathura Prasad Mahto had
earlier moved the motion for their suspension till the end of
the current Budget session on March 25, which was passed by
voice vote.

The suspension triggered protests from the opposition
bench with the Leader of Opposition, R P Singh of Congress
challenging the Speaker to suspend all the opposition
members.

Trouble began when Congress MLA Chandrasekhar Dubey
demanded a statement from the Chief Minister, Arjun Munda on a
file relating to corruption charges against a senior
bureaucrat.

The opposition MLAs trouped into the well and raised
anti-corruption slogans against the government and later held
mock proceedings which HRD Minister, Baijnath Ram termed as
a "murder of democracy".

Dubey had also raised the issue on Tuesday and the
Speaker had then said, "Unless charges are proved, no one is
held guilty. Therefore, no one should engage in character
assassination of any person in the House."

PTI