BJP MLAs stage walkout from Raj Assembly

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 16:49

Jaipur: Opposition BJP on Tuesday staged a
walkout from the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly demanding an
inquiry over awarding of contracts for operating ambulance
service in the state.

BJP MLAs Digambar Singh and Ghanshyam Tiwari alleged that
the new company which is operating the ambulance service in
the state was favoured because two of the company directors
were kins of senior Congress leaders.

They also alleged that service conditions of the contract
were also changed for the new operator.

The opposition MLAs also demanded a CBI probe into the
execution of the contract.

Replying to the question, Health Minister Duru Miyan said
in the House that the Ziqitsa Healthcare Ltd was selected to
operate the service in the state because its financial bid was
the lowest.

The government received five bids in December 2009 and
out of them three were rejected on technical grounds.

Miyan said that the contract of the previous company was
discontinued due to several financial irregularities by it.
Amid the pandemonium, the Speaker called another question
following which the BJP MLAs staged a walkout.

Meanwhile, during Zero Hour, the opposition demanded a
relief package for farmers in view of the damage done to the
crop due to frost and cold wave.

Demanding a statement from the Chief Minister, opposition
MLAs trooped in to the well of the House and later staged a
walkout on the issue.

While, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Dhariwal
asked Chairperson Surendra Jadawat to ask Vasundhara Raje to
tender apology to the House over a statement.

He said Raje was factually wrong while she was referring
to relief works done by her government.

The BJP members continued with their protest in the well
of the House following which Dhariwal said that the government
was ready for a statement over the issue.

After this, the BJP returned to their seats and
functioning of House was restored.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 16:49

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