Walkout in Chhattisgarh House

RAIPUR, NOV. 29. Opposition Congress and NCP members today staged a walkout in the Chhattisgarh Vidhan Sabha, accusing the BJP government of having failed on the law and order front.

The walkout took place after Speaker Prem Prakash Pandey disallowed an adjournment motion moved by Mr Ramchandra Singhdeo (Cong) and others over a homicide near Baikunthpur in tribal Koria district.

Speaking on the motion's admissibility, Mr Singhdeo said the incident was a clear indication of the ``deteriorating'' law and order situation and accused the government of failing to curb crime.

Leader of the Opposition Mahendra Karma quipped, ``It appears that the BJP regime has lost its grip over the police.''

Mr Ravindra Choubey (Cong) said that the government was unable to do anything to contain crime while his party colleague Bhupesh Baghel listed several incidents and pressed for a detailed discussion on the motion.

Legislative Affairs Minister Ajay Chandrakar, who replied to the adjournment notice in the absence of Home Minister Brijmohan Agrawal, said, ``Within 48 hours, the police identified all the five accused involved in the quintuple homicide and also arrested two of them.''

Pointing out that business rivalry was the motive, Mr Chandrakar denied that the law and order situation was deteriorating.

After the minister's reply, Mr Pandey disallowed the motion.


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