Bhopal: The special session of the Madhya
Pradesh Assembly began here this morning which was boycotted
by main opposition Congress holding that the procedure adopted
for it was "unconstitutional".
The Congress and ruling BJP differed on holding the
special session. The Congress maintained that holding the
session was unconstitutional while the BJP felt there was
nothing wrong in it.
"It cannot be termed as a special session as such a
session can be called only during emergency situations like
drought, war or any other natural calamity and not just to
discuss development," senior Congress Leader Ajay Singh said.
Condemning the boycott, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister
Shivraj Singh Chouhan said, "I do not see any reason for
politicking when the issue is only development of Madhya
Congress legislators, led by deputy leader of Congress
Legislature Party Choudhry Rakesh Singh Chaturvedi, walked
into the Assembly premises in a procession and staged a sit-in
on the stairs. They also raised slogans against the
BSP members too boycotted the special session by staging
a separate sit-in in front of the entry gate of the Assembly.
The Congress Legislative Party had announced its decision
to boycott the session some days back while Chouhan had tried
to ensure that the opposition MLAs take part in the session.
Two days back, Chouhan had even written to Congress
President Sonia Gandhi requesting her to persuade her party
MLAs to take part in the session.
But, Singh said Chouhan had shown lack of decorum by
releasing to the press a copy of the letter even before it had
reached the Congress president.