Guj Speaker orders inquiry against Congress`s mock Assembly
Last Updated: Wednesday, July 29, 2009, 16:00
Gandhinagar: Terming the mock Assembly conducted by the Congress outside the House as an "insult" to the Gujarat Assembly, the Speaker on Wednesday ordered an inquiry by the Privilege Committee on the matter.

The order was issued by Speaker Ashok Bhatt following a Point of Order raised by BJP chief whip R C Faldu in the Assembly.

"The mock Assembly sessions conducted by the Congress is a mockery of democracy and an insult to the state Assembly," Bhatt said in the Assembly.

Bhatt said that the Privilege Committee will inquire into the matter where the opposition Congress organised mock Assembly sessions in different parts of the state between July 10 to July 28.

The Opposition Congress party members have been boycotting the Assembly proceedings since July 10 after their demand for extensive debate on hooch deaths in Ahmedabad was denied by the Speaker.

"What Congress has been doing cannot be termed as mock Assembly. It was nothing but a street play making mockery of the democratic process in which the elected representatives of the state acted," Bhatt said.

"It is sad that elected representatives themselves are defaming the democratic process in a way never witnessed in history of Indian democracy," he added.

Seven Congress MLAs were suspended on July 9 for the entire session and a fine was also levied on them for violent behaviour in the House when they broke three microphones.

While, 11 Congress MLAs were suspended for three days on July 10 for disrupting the House.

Bhatt said that he tried to resolve the issue of debate on hooch tradegy, which claimed 130 lives, between the ruling BJP and the Congress.

During the meeting it was suggested by the BJP that instead of one hour of discussion on hooch tragedy, there could be two hours of discussion if the Congress party members apologized in the House for their behaviour.

But the Congress rejected both the suggestions and boycotted the Assembly and organised mock Assembly sessions in different districts of the state, including Junagadh, Rajkot, Surat, Patan, Mehsana, Vadodara, Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar.

Because of the boycott, 93 queries, five important issues and two private bills by the Congress members could not be discussed in the house, Bhatt informed the Assembly.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, July 29, 2009, 16:00

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