Logjam in Himachal assembly persists for third day

Shimla: Speaker Tulsi Ram’s attempt to break the logjam in the assembly fell flat as the opposition persisted with its demand for sacking of health minister Rajeev Bindal over alleged corruption charges.

When the demand for seeking a discussion of the charges leveled against the minister to be taken up before question hour was turned down by the speaker and parliamentary affairs minister Ravinder Ravi provoking the opposition that their stance in the house was a consequence of losing elections in Punjab and UP, Congress members were on their feet, started shouting slogans and stormed into the well of the house.

With the chief minister not present for the pre-lunch session as he was away attending the swearing in ceremony of Prakash Singh Badal, the opposition was voracious in raising slogans about corruption that alluded to corruption being sheltered by the chief minister.

Unlike yesterday, when the ruling benches chose to confront the behavior of the opposition and even came to blows, today they were orderly and proceeded with the question hour and ignored the slogan shouting in the house.

Failing to disrupt the house or draw the speakers attention, the opposition walked out of the house after question hour without participating therein or in the motion of thanks to the governors address that followed.

As Editor, Ravinder Makhaik has nurtured Hill Post for over a decade. A chequered path had him drift from managing family owned apple orchards, to turning a documentary filmmaker, to a journalist - with India’s leading television networks and newspapers, to boot strapping in founding Start-Ups. He lives in Shimla.

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