Jaipur: PCC President Sachin Pilot on Tuesday accused Raje government for the police action on Youth Congress members who were protesting outside the Assembly and condemned suspension of its 8 MLAs from the House over their protest against the action.
Pilot said that the members led by him were holding a peaceful protest but the police beat them and several persons including him and MLA Ashok Chandna received injuries- an allegation which was rejected by Home Minister Gulabchand Kataria in the House.
"Our members were holding peaceful protest outside the assembly against deteriorating law and order situation, hike in power tariff and other issue. There was no provocation from our side and the police deliberately took action of lathicharge," Pilot told PTI.
He said that more than 20 workers have been injured in the lathicharge.
"Our MLAs raised the issue in the House but they were not allowed and were suspended. One sided action was taken which is highly condemnable," he said.
The YC activists as scheduled had gathered at Udyog Maidan on Statue circle to hold protest, followed by Gherao? of Assembly against the increase in electricity tariff, VAT on fuel and other issues.
The activists led by Pilot, Chandna marched towards assembly and were stopped by the police where the alleged action was taken.
After the incident, he said, that MLA Chandna raised the issue in the assembly but he was not allowed.
When other members came in his supported, they were suspended by the Speaker.
"Voice of the Opposition was suppressed. This is undemocratic act and I condemn it. We will continue to raise our voice with full force and strength," he said.
Meanwhile, when the Congress members raised the issue and protested in the well of the house, the Speaker asked them to go back to their seats and listen to the Chief Minister?s reply on the Motion of Thanks on the Governor's reply but they continued the protest.
Despite request by the Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rajendra Rathore and Home Minister Gulabachand Kataria, they continued the protest following which the Government Chief Whip Kalulal Gujar moved a proposal for suspension of nine MLAs (8 Congress and 1 Independent) for disrupting the House proceedings which was passed by the House by voice vote and the MLAs were suspended for the rest of the period of the current budget session.
Later, in his statement on the issue, the Home Minister rejected the allegations saying the video footage shot by the police at the time of the protest does not confirm that anyone was injured in a police action.
He said that the policemen just pushed the protesters with their hands and not by the canes.
Former chief minister Ashok Gehlot condemned the suspension of eight MLAs of Congress for raising their voice against the police action on youth congress members.
Gehlot said that the Congress MLAs wanted to raise the issue and express their sentiments but they were not allowed.
He said that the action on MLAs reflected the ruling party's undemocratic mentality.