Opposition walks out of Haryana Assembly

Chandigarh: Opposition Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) staged a walkout in the Haryana Assembly on Friday after their adjournment motion on law and order situation was disallowed by Speaker Kuldeep Sharma.

The BJP-HJC alliance members also staged a walkout after the Chair did not allow BJP member Anil Vij to raise some issues, including poor wages of Haryana Police personnel as compared with their counter-parts in other states.

As soon as the zero hour commenced, INLD members Rampal Majra and Ajay Chautala and BJP legislator Anil Vij were up on their feet raising various issues, but the Speaker called upon ruling Congress member Sampat Singh to read his Calling Attention Notice on health and emergency services in the state.

As the opposition members continued raising their issues, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Randeep Surjewala rose to say that two important Calling Attention Notices on health and emergency services were to be taken up by the house. "The opposition members are making noise only to get headlines in the newspapers," he said.

Even as the Speaker called Sampat to read his Calling Attention Notice, INLD and BJP legislators continued raising their issues. "You can speak during the discussion on Governor's address," Sharma said.

Leader of Opposition Om Parkash Chautala (INLD) said that though it was for the Speaker to decide on accepting notices given by the members, but an important issue facing the state related to deteriorating law and order situation due to which no one-- including cops, advocates, women and others-- were safe on which they had given an adjournment motion.

Chautala said that before taking up any issue the house should take up their Adjournment Motion on the law and order situation to which the Speaker said "leave this decision to me." Since the Speaker did not accept the demand of Chautala the INLD members led by the Leader of Opposition walked out of the house.

After the INLD members had walked out BJP member Vij again raised his issues, but the Speaker did not relent at which the members of the saffron party and the lone HJC member Renuka Bishnoi also walked out of the house.