Stalemate in Assam assembly ends

Last Updated: Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 18:27

Guwahati: The three-day old stalemate in the
Assam assembly ended on Thursday with the opposition, AIUDF, AGP and
BJP deciding to end their boycott after a meeting with Speaker
Pranab Gogoi.

Leader of Opposition and All India United Democratic
Front MLA Sirajuddin Ajmal, Asom Gana Parishad MLA Keshab
Mahanta and Bharatiya Janata Party legislature party leader
Prashanta Phukan met Gogoi at his chamber in the assembly.

The meeting was also attended by Enviroment and Forest
Minister Rockybul Hussain and Legislative Affairs Minister
Nilamoni Sen Deka.

Coming out of the meeting, the opposition leaders said
they will participate in the assembly proceedings tomorrow,
the last day of the month-long Budget session.

"All misunderstandings have been cleared and we have
decided to attend the assembly tomorrow. We are satisfied with
the clarification given by the Speaker," Ajmal said.

Earlier, opposition benches of the assembly remained
vacant for the third consecutive day today as AIUDF, AGP and
BJP members continued their boycott in protest against alleged
`unparliamentary remarks` of the Speaker.

MLAs of AIDUF, AGP and BJP covered their mouths with
black cloth and held a protest in the assembly premises for an
hour this morning demanding withdrawal of the remark by Gogoi.

The Opposition has been boycotting the assembly since
March 27 when Gogoi allegedly told AIUDF members not to `caw
like crows` when they stormed into the well of the house after
being dissatisfied with a minister`s reply.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 14:43

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