Around 40 Congress MLAs, who were evicted from the Gujarat Legislative Assembly for indiscipline, on Thursday wrecked havoc near the Speaker’s cabin by breaking furniture and door panels to vent their anger against the Speaker as well as the government.

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Around 40 Congress MLAs, who were evicted from the Gujarat Legislative Assembly for indiscipline, on Thursday wrecked havoc near the Speaker’s cabin by breaking furniture and door panels to vent their anger against the Speaker as well as the government.The incident happened during the second half of today’s session.The Congress MLAs had come prepared to grill the BJP-led state government about law and order situation during the discussion on budget allotment for the Gujarat Home Department.Taking the lead, Leader of Opposition Shankersinh Vaghela began his speech on a sarcastic note that like in all other parameters, Gujarat is also number one in crime.Deputy Speaker Atmaram Parmar asked Vaghela to sum up his speech in five minutes since he was allotted only ten minutes.When Vaghela expressed shock about the short time allotted for such an important issue, Parmar said that the whole discussion should be concluded within 30 minutes. Thus, on a pro-rata basis, the opposition got ten minutes, while the Gujarat Home Minister got 20 minutes to answer, Parmar said.
However, this did not go down well with Vaghela, who walked out of the House, which incited other Congress MLAs.They teamed up and started shouting slogans against the Gujarat state government and the Speaker, claiming that it is a strategy to avoid the discussion.Ignoring repeated warnings by the Speaker, these 40-odd Congress MLAs began shouting slogans and tore papers, while some of them even hurled seat pillows into the well of the House. Finally, Parmar called in sergeants to evict them out of the House and suspended these MLAs for one day.This only intensified the protest of Congress MLAs, who refused to go out of the House and pushed the sergeants away.
After almost ten minutes of a slug fest between the Congress MLAs and the sergeants, all of them were forcibly evicted from the House.Later, Parmar adjourned the House for 20 minutes and went out.Meanwhile, the evicted Congress MLAs rushed to the cabin of Speaker Ganpat Vasava and inquired for Parmar, since they wanted an answer from him about “partiality” and “injustice”.When he was not found there, angry MLAs vandalised property, broke several glass windows and wooden door panels on their way to Parmar’s cabin.After they didn’t find him, they went to Vaghela’s cabin and complained about the “injustice” done to them.Speaking to reporters immediately after the incident, Vaghela claimed that Parmar acted in a “biased” manner and ordered sergeants to attack Congress MLAs in the House.
He also alleged that Parmar was involved in the BJP’s strategy to cut short discussion on the Home Department.”At least 5 of our MLAs were manhandled and brutally beaten up by sergeants at Parmar’s behest. You can see blood stains on their clothes. The Speaker’s conduct was inappropriate and unfair. He incited sergeants to attack MLAs, which is unbecoming of a Speaker,” Vaghela said.After the House met once again, Gujarat state parliamentary affairs minister Pradeepsinh Jadeja moved a motion to condemn the act of Congress MLAs and claimed that some of them even threw papers on the Speaker’s desk as well as used unparliamentary language, which is an insult to the Speaker’s post.In the absence of opposition, the motion was passed and Parmar announced the suspension of all Congress MLAs, except Vaghela for two days.Vaghela said that though he has not been suspended, he too would not attend tomorrow’s session along with other suspended Congress MLAs. The last day of the ongoing budget session is March 31.

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Congress MLAs break Assembly furniture; suspended for two days