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GUWAHATI, Feb 4 � The House was adjourned for the fifth time today when the afternoon session proceedings were barely into half an hour, with the Opposition members creating a ruckus by shouting slogans continuously. Things took a turn for the worse when the suspended BJP member, Prasanta Phukan refused to leave the House. The Speaker asked the Marshals to take him out but the Opposition members prevented the Marshals from doing their job. At this the ruling party members rushed in and exchanged heated words with their Opposition counterparts and a pandemonium prevailed, compelling the Speaker to adjourn the House. The members, however, did not leave the House and continued to exchange words, stopping at just short of a fisticuffs.

When the House resumed, the remaining Bills were passed amidst shouting by the Opposition members.

Speaker Tanka Bahadur Rai termed the situation as �unfortunate�, regretting that the MLA did not leave the House even after suspension.

Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain read out a statement but none could hear it due to the prevailing uproar.

Later talking to newsmen, Cultural Affairs Minister Bharat Narah said that since the Opposition members prevented the Marshals from implementing the Speaker�s order and lowered the dignity of the House, the ruling party members had to �request� the Opposition members to allow the Marshals carry out the Speaker�s order.�

BJP member Rameswar Teli, on the other hand, while accusing the ruling party members of intimidating the Opposition bench, alleged that Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma snatched the papers of Prasanta Phukan and was showing him the door. Abdul Khalek (Congress) alleged that Teli (BJP) and Bhuban Pegu (Independent) broke the microphone amidst the chaos. Pegu on the other hand, accused Khalek of charging at him.

Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the Opposition members� behaviour was derogatory to the dignity of the House. He, however, had a word of thank for AGP president Chandra Mohan Patowary, saying that the latter at last asked Phukan to leave the House following requests by Sarma.

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Opp, treasury blame each other

GUWAHATI, Feb 4 � The House was adjourned for the fifth time today when the afternoon session proceedings were barely into half an hour, with the Opposition members creating a ruckus by shouting slogans continuously. Things took a turn for the worse when the suspended BJP member, Prasanta Phukan refused to leave the House. The Speaker asked the Marshals to take him out but the Opposition members prevented the Marshals from doing their job. At this the ruling party members rushed in and exchanged heated words with their Opposition counterparts and a pandemonium prevailed, compelling the Speaker to adjourn the House. The members, however, did not leave the House and continued to exchange words, stopping at just short of a fisticuffs.

When the House resumed, the remaining Bills were passed amidst shouting by the Opposition members.

Speaker Tanka Bahadur Rai termed the situation as �unfortunate�, regretting that the MLA did not leave the House even after suspension.

Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain read out a statement but none could hear it due to the prevailing uproar.

Later talking to newsmen, Cultural Affairs Minister Bharat Narah said that since the Opposition members prevented the Marshals from implementing the Speaker�s order and lowered the dignity of the House, the ruling party members had to �request� the Opposition members to allow the Marshals carry out the Speaker�s order.�

BJP member Rameswar Teli, on the other hand, while accusing the ruling party members of intimidating the Opposition bench, alleged that Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma snatched the papers of Prasanta Phukan and was showing him the door. Abdul Khalek (Congress) alleged that Teli (BJP) and Bhuban Pegu (Independent) broke the microphone amidst the chaos. Pegu on the other hand, accused Khalek of charging at him.

Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the Opposition members� behaviour was derogatory to the dignity of the House. He, however, had a word of thank for AGP president Chandra Mohan Patowary, saying that the latter at last asked Phukan to leave the House following requests by Sarma.

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