Special Correspondent

Maintain dignity, Hooda tells INLD chief

CHANDIGARH: The ongoing Budget session of the Haryana Vidhan Sabha witnessed sharp exchanges between the Opposition and Treasury benches on Thursday. Speaker H. S. Chatha adjourned the House for half an hour to restore normalcy.

Participating in the discussion on the Budget, Leader of Opposition Om Parkash Chautala accused the Bhupinder Singh Hooda Government of several “acts of omission and commission'' and asserted that it was in “minority''.

‘Horse-trading'

His assertion that the Government had indulged in “horse-trading'' to get the requisite strength drew sharp protests from Mr. Hooda and other Congress MLAs. The Chief Minister advised his predecessor not to make such false statements. Rather he should maintain the dignity of the House.

Undeterred, Mr. Chautala reiterated his charge that several irregularities had taken place in the acquisition of land for setting up a Special Economic Zone.

The Speaker time and again asked Mr. Chautala not to raise extraneous issues but confine himself to speaking on the Budget. A virtual din ensued with the Opposition and ruling members shouting at each other. He adjourned the House for half an hour.

When the House reconvened, Mr. Chautala was again given time to speak. However, he continued with making allegations against the functioning of the Government and charged that “no development had taken place in the State under the present dispensation''.

These assertions again brought the ruling party legislators on their feet and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala sought to initiate breach of privilege proceedings against him.