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Rajasthan Assembly adjourned sine die

Congress creates din over issue of chairpersons of various Boards

JAIPUR: The Rajasthan Assembly was adjourned sine die on Wednesday, marking the end of the one-and-a-half-month-long Budget session, after the opposition Congress and CPI(M) staged a walkout over the Government’s refusal to make a statement on the situation in Chittaurgarh hit by communal violence recently.

When Leader of Opposition Hemaram Chaudhary pointed out that Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria was scheduled to make a statement in the House on Tuesday, the treasury members said the Opposition itself had refused to listen to him by creating a ruckus over the issue of persons not elected to the Assembly being made in-charge of districts.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rajendra Rathore said the Opposition had no authority to dictate its terms to the Government. Congress MLAs, on the other hand, accused the State Government of being insensitive to the sufferings of people affected by violence and both sides raised slogans against each other.

Deputy Speaker Ramnarain Bishnoi adjourned the House indefinitely after disposing of the legislative work of passage of Bills on the establishment of four private universities.

Earlier, the House was adjourned twice when the Congress members created a din over the issue of chairpersons of various Boards and institutions being given the charge of districts and alleged that they were interfering with the administration without any legal authority. After an understanding reached between the Government and the Opposition outside the House, Speaker Sumitra Singh announced that the Government would seek the opinion of the Advocate-General on the issue within seven days and decide accordingly.

Land deals

The Assembly also witnessed noisy scenes when MLA Prahlad Gunjal, expelled from the BJP, tried to draw the attention of the House to alleged corruption in a number of land dealings. As he did not stop despite repeated warnings by the Speaker, the marshals lifted him and removed him from the House.