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Uproar in House over RS poll results

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, March 29 � The Assam Legislative Assembly was rocked by angry protests from the Opposition members, who demanded the resignation of the Government for �murdering democracy� during the Rajya Sabha polls , forcing the Speaker to adjourn the House four times to bring the situation under control.

As soon as the House assembled for the day, Leader of the Opposition Chandra Mohan Patowary alleged that the Government �murdered democracy� during the Rajya Sabha polls on March 26. The Speaker, Tanka Bahadur Rai said that the members should not raise any other issue during the Question Hour, but all the Opposition members rose to their feet with placards demanding resignation of the Government and disqualification of the legislators who voted for the Congress candidates in the Rajya Sabha polls in violation of the party whip. The Opposition members also started shouting slogans and some of them rushed to the well of the House, forcing the Speaker to adjourn the House for 15 minutes.

The same scene was repeated immediately after the House re-assembled and amidst heated war of words between the ruling and Opposition members, the Speaker was forced to adjourn the House for the second time and the entire Question Hour passed without transacting any business.

After the second adjournment, the Speaker tried to start the discussions on the cut motions on the supplementary demands for grants but the angry Opposition members rushed to the well of the House and started shouting slogans and some members even threw away papers from the table of the Speaker, which resulted in the third adjournment of the day for one hour.

The House re-assembled again at 11 am only to witness a similar scene with Opposition members shouting slogans demanding the resignation of the Government and some were seen thumping the table of the Speaker. Unable to pacify the agitated members of the Opposition, the Speaker adjourned the House for the fourth time and this time up to 1.28 pm, leaving only two minutes to get the supplementary demands for grants and the Assam Appropriation (number II) Bills passed by the House by voice vote.

Interestingly three legislators, Dr Rumi Nath, Kartik Sana Sinha and Abhijit Hazarika, who voted in favour of Congress candidates in Rajya Sabha polls by violating the BJP whip, attended the House today. But instead of entering the House through the doors through which the Opposition members normally enter the Assembly, they used through the doors through which the ruling party members come in and they left by the same door.

When the House re-assembled, the Opposition members again gathered at the well and started shouting slogans lime �shame, shame�, while Congress legislator Abdul Khaleque was heard speaking against the cut motions moved by the Opposition at the top of his voice.

The Speaker guillotined all the supplementary demands and the Appropriation (No II) Bill was also passed by voice vote despite the Opposition members continuing their agitation standing in the well.

The House was adjourned for the day soon after the Appropriation Bill was passed.

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Uproar in House over RS poll results

GUWAHATI, March 29 � The Assam Legislative Assembly was rocked by angry protests from the Opposition members, who demanded the resignation of the Government for �murdering democracy� during the Rajya Sabha polls , forcing the Speaker to adjourn the House four times to bring the situation under control.

As soon as the House assembled for the day, Leader of the Opposition Chandra Mohan Patowary alleged that the Government �murdered democracy� during the Rajya Sabha polls on March 26. The Speaker, Tanka Bahadur Rai said that the members should not raise any other issue during the Question Hour, but all the Opposition members rose to their feet with placards demanding resignation of the Government and disqualification of the legislators who voted for the Congress candidates in the Rajya Sabha polls in violation of the party whip. The Opposition members also started shouting slogans and some of them rushed to the well of the House, forcing the Speaker to adjourn the House for 15 minutes.

The same scene was repeated immediately after the House re-assembled and amidst heated war of words between the ruling and Opposition members, the Speaker was forced to adjourn the House for the second time and the entire Question Hour passed without transacting any business.

After the second adjournment, the Speaker tried to start the discussions on the cut motions on the supplementary demands for grants but the angry Opposition members rushed to the well of the House and started shouting slogans and some members even threw away papers from the table of the Speaker, which resulted in the third adjournment of the day for one hour.

The House re-assembled again at 11 am only to witness a similar scene with Opposition members shouting slogans demanding the resignation of the Government and some were seen thumping the table of the Speaker. Unable to pacify the agitated members of the Opposition, the Speaker adjourned the House for the fourth time and this time up to 1.28 pm, leaving only two minutes to get the supplementary demands for grants and the Assam Appropriation (number II) Bills passed by the House by voice vote.

Interestingly three legislators, Dr Rumi Nath, Kartik Sana Sinha and Abhijit Hazarika, who voted in favour of Congress candidates in Rajya Sabha polls by violating the BJP whip, attended the House today. But instead of entering the House through the doors through which the Opposition members normally enter the Assembly, they used through the doors through which the ruling party members come in and they left by the same door.

When the House re-assembled, the Opposition members again gathered at the well and started shouting slogans lime �shame, shame�, while Congress legislator Abdul Khaleque was heard speaking against the cut motions moved by the Opposition at the top of his voice.

The Speaker guillotined all the supplementary demands and the Appropriation (No II) Bill was also passed by voice vote despite the Opposition members continuing their agitation standing in the well.

The House was adjourned for the day soon after the Appropriation Bill was passed.