MP Assembly adjourned over Parulekar arrest issue

The Madhya Pradesh Assembly was today adjourned for the day when Opposition Congress created a ruckus after denial of permission to discuss the breach of privilege motion on the issue of arrest of its MLA, Kalpana Parulekar.

Updated: Feb 23, 2012, 15:49 PM IST

Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh Assembly was today adjourned for the day when Opposition Congress created a ruckus after denial of permission to discuss the breach of privilege motion on the issue of arrest of its MLA, Kalpana Parulekar.

Speaker Ishwardas Rohani had turned down the motion yesterday on the grounds that a sub-judice matter cannot be raised in the House and secondly, the MLA was arrested from her constituency, Mahidpur and not from the Assembly premises.

As the House assembled for the Question Hour today, Deputy Leader of Congress Legislature Party, Choudhary Rakesh Singh Chaturvedi and Arif Aqeel (Congress) raised the issue again demanding discussion of the breach of privilege motion.

However, the Speaker said he had already given his ruling on the matter and therefore, it stands closed and cannot be raised again.

But the Congress members kept on insisting on raising the issue and did not allow the House to take up Questions following which the Speaker adjourned the House for one hour.

At 11.30 AM, when the House again assembled, Congress members again raised the demand vociferously and did not heed to the Chair`s repeated request to take up issues of public importance.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narottam Mishra also intervened and said that in the history of State Assembly, no discussion has ever taken place on the breach of privilege motion.

As the Congress members did not relent and trooped into the well of the House raising slogans against Speaker terming him as `dictator`, the Chair remarked that when you are calling me as dictator, then you should also not have any expectations from him.

Amid din, the Speaker carried out necessary listed business of the House and later adjourned it till tomorrow.

Later, Leader of Opposition, Ajay Singh told reporters that if the Speaker is not considering the Vidhan Sabha Press Room as Assembly premises, then not just the MLAs even scribes are not safe in the state.

"The police has arrested Parulekar today, it may arrest me or any other MLA tomorrow if such a situation continued," he remarked.

When asked about the party`s future strategy on the issue, he said that it will be chalked out at the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting.

PTI