Deadlock in Rajasthan Assembly continues, adjourned two times
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 21:48
Jaipur: Deadlock continued on Tuesday in the Rajasthan Assembly with ruling Congress members disrupting the House proceedings, leading to two adjournments over an alleged threat by Leader of Opposition Vasundhara Raje to Congress MLA Raghu Sharma.

As soon as the House assembled with the Question Hour, Sharma protested vociferously and demanded an apology from Raje. Rajasthan Forest and Environment Minister Ramlal Jaat and other congress MLAs also protested against the alleged remark.

Sharma had accused Raje, the former Rajasthan Chief Minister, of threatening him on March 16 near the Assembly's lobby.

"Raje called me in front of several MLAs and threatened to see me later for raising my voice against her in the House," Sharma had alleged.

However, Raje has refuted the charge in the House.

After three minutes of pandemonium and unruly scenes by the ruling party members today, Speaker Deependra Singh Shekhawat adjourned the House for an hour.

On resumption, the situation remained the same, following which Shekhawat adjourned the House for another hour.

The House reassembled with the same situation again but this time Chairman O P Yadav ignored the chaos and took up legislative works listed in the business.

BJP Whip Rajendra Rathore, BJP MLA Vasudev Devnani appealed to Yadav to bring the House in order but the situation remained unchanged following which the entire Opposition boycotted the Assembly.

Simultaneously, amid din, the House passed Rajasthan Municipal (Amend) Bill 2011, Reffles University Neemrana (Alwar) Bill 2011, Teachers and Officers of Rajasthan University (selection for recruitment) (amend) Bill 2011 and the demands for grants for police, jail and social security before Yadav adjourned the House for the day.

Later, Opposition leaders led by Raje headed towards Raj Bhawan to submit a memorandum to Governor Shivraj Patil, complaining against Congress' unwillingness to let the House function.


First Published: Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 21:48

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