Cong MLAs to go for en masse resignations?

Ruckus in Gujarat Assembly as BJP Congress MLAs exchange blows

Three opposition Congress legislators were suspended after members of the Gujarat legislative assembly on Wednesday shouted and exchanged blows over the deaths of two children in Asaram Ashram at Sabarmati, Ahmedabad. Both the children who died hailed from Madam's constituency Jamnagar. However, the Speaker disallowed the point of order after which Congress MLA Ambrish Der joined Madam and questioned his ruling.

The Speaker ruled that such points of order could not be raised. The Speaker complained about Der's tone, after which the two Congress leaders rushed to the Well of the House. Der questioned the Speaker's intention, for which he received a warning from the Speaker.

According to party sources, soon after the Speaker announced dismissal of Komatireddy Venkat Reddy and S A Sampath Kumar and suspension of 11 others, the Congress MLAs had a brainstorming meeting at the CLP meeting hall to decide their future course of action. Tempers flared quickly but just when it appeared that it would remain a verbal confrontation, a Congress MLA - Pratap Dudhat and BJP's Jagdish Paanchal got engaged in a fist fight.

Speaking to reporters, Dudhat alleged that he was being targeted by the treasury benches and that abuses had been hurled at him for over a week.

The speaker adjourned the house for ten minutes but then did not met again yet.

Denouncing the scuffle inside the House, Trivedi said it was a "black day" in the history of the Assembly even as the Congress MLAs stormed out in protest.

Legislators here clashed during the discussion on the deaths of two cousins staying at the self-styled godman Asaram Bapu's ashram for children. "Today also, he spoke something bad about my mother which infuriated me and, in a spate of anger, I rushed towards him".

Congress Deputy Leader in the House Shailesh Parmar said, "I am not trying to save Pratapbhai Dudhat".

Panchal, for his part, denied using foul language. Another MLA Baldevji Thakor, who allegedly punched his BJP rivals in the assembly lobby, has been suspended for a year. He objected that the leader of the opposition should understand the limitations of time for a question.



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