BJP MLAs stage walkout from Raj Assembly
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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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