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Chhattisgarh: Minister violated collective responsibility, says BJP

RAIPUR: A day after Chhattisgarh Health and Family Welfare Minister T S Singh Deo walked out of the Legislative Assembly demanding the government to issue a clear statement in his context, the opposition BJP on Wednesday attacked the Congress saying that how can people of state trust the government. They said when their own minister himself has no faith in the government.

The Opposition BJP MLAs created a ruckus in the state assembly on the third day of the monsoon session over the absence of Health Minister TS Singh Deo and seeking his return to the House.

Attacking the government, Brijmohan Agrawal (BJP) said a constitutional crisis has arisen with the minister walking out of the House.

Citing the constitutional norms, he said a minister takes the oath of as a member of House and as a cabinet minister for collective responsibility. The Health Minister has violated collective responsibility by expressing no confidence in the government. He asked the government whether Singh Deo had resigned or his resignation had been taken.

He said that if not, then after the minister left the House, there would be no government anymore. And when there is no government then how will the discussion take place in the House?

Leader of Opposition Dharamlal Kaushik and other BJP MLAs backing said it is for the first time in the history of Chhattisgarh’s politics that a minister has not taken the collective responsibility and has walked out of the assembly. The minister walked out after getting annoyed by a statement given by his own party member. They said that the minister has violated the dignity of the ministerial post.

Later, the issue ended after Congress MLA Brihaspat Singh apologized over his allegations and Health Minister T. S. Singh Deo joined the proceedings of the House after a second adjournment.

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