OTHERS

House adjourned

BHOPAL, AUG. 30. The ruling Congress members in the Madhya Pradesh State Assembly were today in an unrelenting mood over ``objectionable'' remarks made against a woman MLA in the House on Wednesday by some BJP members.

The remarks passed against Ms. Pushpa Bhartiya of the Congress by some BJP MLAs continued to agitate the ruling benches for the second consecutive day and the issue was raised by Mr. Jodharam Gurjar, Mr. P.C. Sharma and Ms. Kalpana Parulekar during question hour today. The Speaker, Mr. Srinivas Tiwari, objected to the issue being raised during question hour.

Following an intervention from some Ministers, the Congress members took their seats but were immediately on their toes shouting slogans. This led to an adjournment of proceedings for half an hour. When the House reassembled, the Congress members continued shouting slogans. This time, the proceedings were adjourned till the end of lunch recess.

When the House met again for the post-lunch session, the Congress members continued to shout slogans and the Speaker had to adjourn the proceedings till tomorrow.

Addressing newsmen in the Assembly Press room today, the Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Gauri Shankar Shejwar, alleged that it was a pre-planned move by the Congress members to stall the proceedings in the House as they wanted to divert people's attention from the issue of alleged pay-off of crores of rupees to the Chief Minister by a liquor manufacturer.