Noisy Scene in Assam Assembly Over RS Election

Noisy Scene in Assam Assembly Over RS Election
The election of two members of the ruling Congress to the Rajya Sabha rocked the Assam Assembly today as the house adjourned five times after the opposition stalled it alleging horse trading.

As soon as the House assembled, Opposition members with placards demanded a point of order alleging that Congress had indulged in horse trading to win both the seats.

Opposition leader and AGP president Chandra Mohan Patowary raised the issue with the entire opposition, save 4 dissident BJP and AUDF MLAs shouting slogans.

"The assembly is a part of democracy, which has been murdered here by Congress. The trading of MLAs has lowered the dignity of the House," Patowary claimed.

Treasury bench members and some ministers stood up to deny the allegations, but nothing could be heard in the din.

Disallowing the Opposition demand, Speaker Tanka Bahadur Rai said the Assembly was not the forum for such a discussion.

Rai adjourned the House the first time for 15 minutes, but as the Opposition continued with its demand for a discussion, he adjourned it four more times.

The Opposition members alleged that the Congress had used money power and mafia to buy four BJP and two AUDF MLAs for their votes. The Opposition claimed two Congress ministers had brought three BJP MLAs in their car after putting them up in a hotel.

The four BJP MLAs had told the media that they had voted for the Congress as they were not consulted before the common Opposition candidate of the AGP was selected.

Himanta Sarma, one of the two ministers had said he had brought the three legislators in his car as they would vote for the Congress.

The four BJP MLAs and two Assam United Democratic Forum (AUDF) were suspended for anti-party activities and the Speaker petitioned to disqualify them from the membership of the House.

The four BJP legislators are Karticksena Sinha (Patharkhandi constituency), Dr Rumi Nath (Barkhola), Sambhu Sigh Malla (Ratabari-SC)and Abhijit Hazarika (Rangapara).

The suspended AUDF MLAs are Rasool Hoque and Anwarul Haq.

Amid the noising scenes, the Rs 3464.46 crore deficit state budget for 2010-11 was passed with Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi introducing it for approval of the House.

Coming out of the Assembly, Gogoi told reporters that the opposition was 'anti-poor and progress' for preventing the budget from being passed. The Opposition is proud they don't want progress and development of Assam."
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