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Chhattisgarh: Opposition boycotts before Governor’s address

RAIPUR: For first time in history of parliamentary affairs in Chhattisgarh, the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, Janta Congress Chhattisgarh (Jogi) and Bahujan Samaj Party walked out of House in protest stating that they will not be part of an erroneous tradition being made in Chhattisgarh Assembly boycotting the proceedings.

Raising the issue just before the Governor Anusuiya Uikey was to address the House, senior BJP member Brijmohan Agrawal citing parliamentary rules said there is no established tradition where Governor’s address and Motion of thanks to the address of Governor is done on same day apart from ratifying the bill. He said in Madhya Pradesh, also two day session was called giving space for discussion, submitting amendment and other process.

JCC (J) MLA and former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi also stated that it is a wrong precedence which is being followed and laid in state assembly. Then the members of three parties walked out of the House, in presence of Governor.

Congress MLA Dhanendra Sahu then tabled the motion of thanks to Governor’s address after Law minister Mohammed Akbar tabled the resolution to ratify the bill to extend reservation for the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe for next 10 years.

Speaker Charandas Mahant after address of Governor adjourned the House till 1.00 pm providing the option for the members to file any amendment, till 1.00 pm. He said discussion on Motion of thanks to Governor’s address will be taken up at 3.00 pm. The opposition members then joined the discussion after House assembled at 1.00 pm and participated in the discussion.

Later, then Motion of Thanks to Governor’s address was taken, the opposition members walked out registering protest citing violation of traditions.

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