Jaipur: Rajasthan Assembly on Thursday
witnessed uproar over the abduction and murder of a Congress
MLA`s son, with Congress MLAs cornering their own government
on the issue of security for legislators.
As soon as State Home Minister Shanti Dhariwal
informed the House that Congress MLA Nathuram Sinodiya`s son
Bhanwar had been found murdered, Congress MLAs Raghu Sharma,
Pratap Singh Khachariyawas, Parliamentary Secretary Girraj
Singh Malinga and others demanded proper security arrangements
for legislators and their family members.
In his reply, Dhariwal informed the House that the
state government had already issued orders to provide personal
security officer to MLAs and PSOs have been made available to
Meanwhile, Opposition BJP staged walk-out for three
times and hounded the state ministers over proposed increase
in electricity tariff, deaths of women and state awards to
In his reply to a question, Energy Minister Jitendra
Singh informed the house that the state government has
represented in electricity regulatory commission for 19-24 per
cent hike in electricity tariff.
He assured that it will not cover farmers and people
of BPL category, that is about 56 per cent of total
electricity consumers in the state, and any decision will be
taken only after discussion with all and public hearings.
However, it did not satisfy the Opposition and its
leader Vasundhara Raje called for walk-out.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot termed the walk out as
"unfortunate" and sought support from the opposition members,
saying the power companies of the state were bearing a loss of
30,000 crore in all.
During the question hour, Congress MLA Sonaram claimed
the Sainik Kalyan Minister Hemaram Choudhary was misleading
the house as no land has been allotted to martyrs for several
Amid uproar, the Opposition demanded statement from
the minister. However, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot intervened
and tried to tackle the situation. "Special package given to
Kargil martyrs was incomparable. Jobs were reserved for the
family members of martyrs. Even though if some increase is
required and suggested by members of the house will be
considered by the government."
During the zero hour, BJP MLA Suryakanta Vyas raised
the issue of the deaths of 15 women in Jodhpur hospitals and
lashed out at the government over the incident.
Health Minister A A Khan informed the house that a
team of experts from PGI-Chandigarh will arrive in Jodhpur for
examining the cause of the death.
"Every year, 20,000 cases of delivery are registered
in Umaid hospital of Jodhpur in which 15 women died from
February 13 to March 6 this year. The state government
constituted enquiry after the matter while two staff members
were suspended. We have issued directions to all the
hospitals, community health centers and primary health centers
for taking all standard measures in order to prevent
occurrence of any such incident in future."
The Opposition BJP staged walk-out on the issue and
also against deteriorating law and order in Rajasthan.