The Opposition Congress and the ruling BJP traded charges and shouted slogans, forcing the House to be adjourned for the day.
Some legislators even got into a scuffle inside the Assembly premises. The scuffle took place when Congress legislators were staging a protest in the hall near the main entrance of the House after the House was adjourned.
Congress MLAs including Sunderlal Tiwari were talking to the media demanding Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s resignation over the scandal. This is when BJP members like Sudershan Gupta, Rameshwar Sharma Gupta and Manoj Patel entered and tried to disrupt the interaction. BJP MLAs raised slogans like “Congress ki dadagiri nahi chalegi”. A physical scuffle followed in which Congress MLAs Rajneesh Thakur and Madhu Bhagat fell down along with some media persons.
Later, while talking to reporters in the media room, Tiwari alleged that an attempt was made to stifle the Opposition’s voice.
“I was dragged and prevented from speaking to the media. They caught me from behind and threatened that you raise too much voice on Vyapam scam and we will see you,” an agitated Tiwari told the media.
“Even I was pushed by the BJP members. We strongly condemn the incident. It is an attempt to suppress our voice. The behaviour of ruling party members is highly condemnable and we will file a written complaint to the Speaker on the issue,” said Leader of Opposition Satyadev Katare.
Shivraj Singh Chouhan led BJP led government in Madhya Pradesh is under fire for the multi-crore rupee professional examination scam which allegedly involves several high-profile professionals, politicians and bureaucrats.
Congress has alleged that around 49 persons linked to the scam have died under mysterious circumstances, a charge refuted by the state government.
Vyapam scam is said to involve the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board, which holds examinations for various posts such as that of teachers, medical officers, constables and forest guards.