MP Assembly adjourns for the day amid Oppn uproar

The Madhya Pradesh Assembly was on Tuesday adjourned for the day amid uproar by Opposition Congress which demanded taking up of an adjournment motion to discuss allegations that mafia was collecting money to topple him.

Last Updated: Jul 20, 2010, 16:33 PM IST

Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh Assembly was on Tuesday adjourned for the day amid uproar by Opposition Congress
which demanded taking up of an adjournment motion to discuss
allegations that mafia was collecting money to topple him.

As soon as the House met for the day, Congress members
trooped into the well demanding admission of their adjournment
motion to discuss Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan`s
statement that mafia was collecting money to get him removed
from the post.

The Opposition members also demanded that Chouhan make a
statement in the House on his reported remarks.

However, Speaker Iswardas Rohani told them that he will
go by rules before admitting the motion for discussion.

This enraged Congress MLAs, including deputy leader of
Congress Legislature Party Choudhry Rakesh Singh, senior MLAs
Ajay Singh, Mahendra Singh Kalukheda, Tulsi Silavat and
Kalpana Parulekar, and they continued with their protest
during the Question Hour.

When the Opposition did not heed to repeated pleas of
the Chair to return to their seats, the Speaker after
completing all the listed questions, adjourned the House for
the day.

To counter the Opposition protest, ruling BJP members
displayed placards in the House demanding capital punishment
for then Union Carbide Corporation Chairman Warren Anderson in
the Bhopal gas tragedy case.

Later, Congress members staged a sit-in before the
Speaker`s chamber and raised slogans.

"The Chief Minister should reveal the names of the
mafia who were collecting money to remove him from the post as
stated by him," Choudhry told reporters.

"There is a constitutional crisis in the state as the
Chief Minister had himself admitted that the mafia was
collecting money to remove him and therefore, we have moved an
adjournment motion for immediate discussion in the House," the
deputy leader of the Congress said.

"However, the Speaker is not acting in an impartial
manner and is not allowing an immediate discussion on such a
serious matter," he alleged.

He threatened to continue the protest till the notice
was admitted.

Meanwhile, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narottam
Mishra accused the media of distorting Chouhan`s statement.
Mishra alleged that the Opposition is behaving in an
"irresponsible" manner on the issue.

PTI