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Rajasthan assembly: Suspension of 12 Congress MLAs reduced to a day

BSP MLA Manoj Nyangali and Independent MLA Hanuman Beniwal to remain suspended for a year.

April 29, 2017, 6:04 pm

Rajasthan state assembly

Rajasthan state assembly building. Image credit: Post Staff.

Jaipur: Rajasthan state assembly reduced the period of suspension for 12 Congress MLAs to a day. Independent legislator Hanuman Beniwal and BSP MLA Manoj Nyangali will, however, remain suspended for a year. Fourteen MLAs had been suspended for a year for indulging in unruly behaviour, disrupting proceedings and using unparliamentary language in the house. The suspension period was reduced after intervention of chief minister Vasundhara Raje. She requested the Speaker to review the suspension following which chief whip moved a motion. It was passed by voice vote. Beniwal and Nyangali were advised to seek apology from the Speaker so that their suspension could also be reduced, but they denied. They said they hadn't done anything wrong. Unruly scenes erupted in the assembly when opposition party MLAs alleged one of their legislators was not given the opportunity to ask his question during the question hour. The question was about the PM Awaas Yojana raised by Congress members. When MLA Govind Singh Dotasara was not allowed to raise his supplementary question, Congress legislator created uproar and started shouting slogans. The Speaker called marshals and asked them to escort protesting MLAs out of the house. MLAs manhandled marshals when they were being taken out. Chief Whip Kaluram Gujjar moved a motion to suspend 14 unruly MLAs which was passed by voice vote. The Speaker announced the suspension. Senior Congress legislators including Leader of Opposition Rameshwar Dudi said that the suspension was a move to kill democracy. All Congress MLAs staged a walk out when the Speaker didn’t accede to the request of reviewing the suspension.

First published: April 26, 2017