Cong MLA hurls mic at BJP leader, three MLAs suspended

Lester Mason
March 15, 2018

(G.N.S) Dt. 14 Gandhinagar The Gujarat Assembly witnessed a ruckus on Wednesday as the members of the ruling BJP and Opposition Congress came to blows.

The ruckus began when the speaker stopped Vikram Madam of the Congress from expressing his views during a discussion on an issue after the Question Hour. Speaker suspended Congress MLAs Amrish Der and Vikram Madam for a day.

On being denied permission, Der and Maadam started walking towards the well of the House. A few Congress members hit BJP MLA Jagdish Panchal with the rod of a microphone and also punched him. When he allegedly tried to pull out a mic, he was forced out by marshals. The Speaker immediately announced Dudhat's suspension. "The Congress MLA not only insulted the Speaker but also became violent in the House", Patel told reporters. Der was later escorted out of the House.

Congress legislator Baldev Thakor was suspended for a year for allegedly disrupting the proceedings in the House. His proposal was supported by senior minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama. "There were women legislators sitting there and I am willing to resign as a legislator if it is proved that I did speak foul words", he said. "But we have to consider why he attacked only Jagdish Panchal".

Later, speaking to media persons, Dudhat alleged that he was being targetted by the treasury benches and abuses were being hurled at him for over a week.

Speaker Rajendra Trivedi suspended Dudhat for the rest of the session.

Speaker Rajendra Trivedi strongly reprimanded the legislators, calling their act hooliganism, and said the stiff punishment was aimed at setting a deterrent to such behaviour. The entire Opposition staged a walkout in protest against the ruling, even as state Congress chief Bharatsinh Solanki dubbed it "partisan, unparliamentary and undemocratic".

Leader of opposition Paresh Dhanani, while calling the incident a black spot in the history of the Gujarat legislature, attempted to put the blame on BJP legislators. "For the past six-seven days, our MLAs were complaining to me that they were being provoked by BJP MLAs like Jagdish Panchal and others who were using abusive language".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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