Rajasthan Assembly adjourned sine die
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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 23, 2011, 19:06
Jaipur: Rajasthan Assembly was on Wednesday adjourned sine die after passing the state budget even as opposition members staged a peaceful sit-in in the well of the House against the ruling congress party's "attitude".

The House also passed 11 bills, including approval to Rajasthan Appropriation Bill 2011. IPL matches in the state this year were also exempted from entertainment tax.

Opposition BJP, CPI (M) and independent members staged peaceful dharna in the well as soon as the House assembled at 1100 hrs. They were also carrying anti-government posters. Soon after, Speaker Deependra Singh Shekhawat adjourned the house for an hour.

On resumption, the situation remained unchanged which led to another adjournment.

When the House reassembled, the speaker took up business and the government announced the approval of six per cent DA to employees and pensioners with effect from January 1, 2011 and setting up of 200 new veterinary hospitals in the next financial year. It also announced to exempt all footwear but leather-made from tax.

Tax rate was also reduced from 14 per cent to 5 per cent on unbranded cake and pastries.

Later, Leader of Opposition Vasundhara Raje told reporters that the entire opposition will go to the President to submit a memorandum against the government.

"What the speaker done today is illegal and against parliamentary customs. The government has no courage to face people and opposition, so the government decided to cut short the business of the House, which was earlier scheduled up to April 6, in Business Advisory Meeting yesterday," Raje said.

"We opposed it yesterday but they said that the government has already decided so we boycotted. Today, we were protesting against this attitude of the government. The government did not let the House function and it is very unfortunate."

Opposition will meet President tomorrow to submit the memorandum and "our demand is to declare the session illegal and call the session again," Raje said.

The House passed 11 bills including Rajasthan Appropriation (No.2) Bill- 2011, Rajasthan Stamp (Amendment) bill-2011, Rajasthan Fiscal Responsibility And Budget Management (Amendment) Bill 2011, Rajasthan Land Revenue (Amendment) Bill-2011 and Rajasthan Agricultural Produce Markets (Second Amendment) Bill-2011.

Deputy Leader of Opposition Ghanshyam Tiwari said it was "very unfortunate" that 11 bills were passed in a day and without any debate and argument.


First Published: Wednesday, March 23, 2011, 19:06

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