GUWAHATI, March 28 � The Opposition members of the Assam Legislative Assembly today boycotted the proceedings of the House over a comment made by Speaker Pranab Gogoi and the Budget for the year 2012-13 was passed in absence of the Opposition.
The Speaker, on the other hand claimed that he did not use any un-parliamentary word to warrant boycotting of the House by the Opposition parties.
The Speaker yesterday asked the members of the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) not to make noise like crows when all the members of the party stood on their feet to allege that the Government was adopting discriminatory attitude in regards to providing rehabilitation grant to the erosion affected people. This led to noisy scenes followed by suspension of the AIUDF members for the day and walk out by the members of the AGP and BJP.
The Opposition members decided not to cooperate with the Speaker and stay away from the House till the Speaker�s comment was expunged from the proceedings of the House and today the proceedings went on without the presence of the AIUDF, AGP and BJP members. As no Opposition member was present in the House to raise their cut motions on the demands for grants for different departments in the State Budget, the same were passed without any discussion.
Reacting to the issue, the Speaker said that he did not utter any un-parliamentary word and it is up to the Opposition members to decide whether they would attend the House or not. He said that setting fire in a crow�s nest is a common Assamese proverb to depict a noisy scene and the way the AIUDF members were behaving yesterday, no one could clearly hear what they wanted to say.
The Power Minister Pradyut Bordoloi said that the word crow cannot be termed un-parliamentary and the crows, as the nature�s scavengers, are keeping the world clean and the crows always represent team spirit.
Social Welfare: Social Welfare Minister Akan Bora today informed the State Assembly that the Government has sent a proposal to the Centre for opening two colleges for deaf and dumb and persons having other physical disabilities.
Replying to a question by Pramila Rani Brahma (BPF), the Minister said that the number of posts of teachers sanctioned in the Deaf and Dumb school in Kahilipara is 22 but at present 17 teachers are working in the school.