Gujarat budget session begins on a stormy note

RSTV Bureau
File photo of proceeding of Gujarat Vidhan Sabha.

File photo of proceeding of Gujarat Vidhan Sabha.

The Congress today protested in Gujarat Assembly over the Naliya gangrape issue, prompting the Governor to cut short his address and the Speaker to suspended opposition MLAs from the House for a day.

On the first day of the Budget session of the state Assembly, the Congress members also allegedly tried to gherao the building but were detained by police.

The opposition Congress MLAs came to the House wearing black clothes to protest the Naliya gangrape. When Governor Kohli started his speech, they started shouting slogans–“Beti Bachao, Balatkariyo se Beti Bachao” (save daughters, save daughters from rapists).

Some of them also rushed to the Well of the House shouting anti-government slogans.

Amidst the din, Kohli tried to continue reading his speech. However, after reading 4-5 paragraphs, he placed the speech on the table. He left the House later.

Later, the Congress forced two adjournment of the House by relentlessly shouting slogans against the government over the alleged gangrape case.

File photo of exterior of Gujarat Assembly.

File photo of exterior of Gujarat Assembly.

When the House assembled again after the adjournments, the Congress members once again rushed to the Well and started shouting slogans.

Speaker Ramanlal Vora ordered suspension of nearly 48 Congress MLAs who had rushed to the Well of the House.

Congress had started a ‘Beti Bachao’ yatra from Naliya to Gandhinagar from Saturday. The yatra reached Gandhinagar today and party workers tried to go near the state Assembly to gherao it.

However, police blocked all the roads leading to the state Assembly building and detained around 350 party workers, including state Congress chief Bharatsinh Solanki.

“We detained around 350 Congress party workers who tried to breach prohibitory orders around the Assembly,” Gandhinagar SP Virendrasinh Yadav said.

Later, Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil told reporters, “Our demand is that the inquiry of Naliya gangrape case should be handed over to a sitting judge of Gujarat High Court.”