Roughing, tearing of papers mars proceedings in Raj Assembly

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Jaipur, Sep 19 (UNI) Unruly scenes of slogan raising, roughing and scuffling among members, snatching papers from deputy Speaker and tearing of copy of a bill marred the proceedings of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly today forcing the Chair to impose frequent adjournments.

The day's proceeding began at 1100 hours at a stormy note with expelled rebel BJP members Prahlad Gunjal and Surendra Singh Rathore supported by suspendend BJP member Avtar Singh Bhadana and Ranbir Singh Guda (LJP) disrupted the question Hour business over the issue of violence during the Gujjar reservation agitation in the state in May-June.

The agitated members proceeded into the well forcing Speaker Sumitra Singh to adjourn the house for 40 minutes. The situation was unchanged when the house re-assembled at 1200 hours but the chair tried for about half an hour. However, normalcy could not be restored as admant members continued their 'dharna' and slogan shouting in the well resulting into second adjournment for 30 minutes at 1230 hours.

On resumption of proceeding at 1330 hours, the situation turned more complicated with the Congress members breaking pandemonium in the house over the demand of resignation from Minister of State for Water Resources Surendra Singh Rathore in the wake of the latter's conviction in a Mines Safety Act violation case forcing a third adjournment in a row.

This adjournment could not defuse the situation as Congress members and rebel BJP members continued protests and slogan shouting in the well over their respective issues, on the fourth reassemlbing. In the meantime, some of the members picked up papers from the Speaker's table and started tearing them into pieces. Devi Singh Bhati(SNM) tried to intervene and persuade the members to return to their seats but his intervention took ugly turn leading to scuffle and roughing up by members in the well. The members also snatched paper from deputy Speaker Ram Narain Bishnoi and used pen stand and other items of his table as missile to target each other.

Government Chief Whip Mahavir Prasad Jain and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rajendra Singh Rathore tried to pacify the members but they could not do so and the chair had to impose another adjournment, forth in the day, for an hour.

Eds rest pick up suitably from earlier.

UNI

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