Bhopal, Nov 28 (UNI) Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today defended abrupt adjournment of the Assembly sine die by accusing opposition for being responsible for it.
''The opposition caused hurdles in smooth conduct of proceedings and the house had to be adjourned ahead of schedule,'' he told reporters outside the Vidhan Sabha gate.
The Chief Minister alleged that the opposition reposed no faith in democratic institutions and had not mustered courage to debate an adjournment motion.
''They are raking up the dumper issue as the opposition was worried over the BJP government's increased popularity after implementing various welfare schemes,'' he said.
Mr Chouhan challenged the opposition to debate the dumper issue on any platform and said that he was leaving it to the public. ''We will go to the people,'' he added.
Immediately after the Assembly was abruptly adjourned, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members led by Mr Chouhan went to Mahatma Gandhi's statue at the gate, where Mr Chouhan talked to a few reporters.
Later, the opposition members cleansed the statue with water while saying that the BJP members had no moral right to stand near the Father of the Nation's statue.
Leader of the Opposition Jamuna Devi (Congress) said that Mr Chouhan should resign as he lost the moral right to remain in power after a first information report was registered against him for alleged corrupt practices. The opposition wanted to bring in a no-confidence motion but the Vidhan Sabha was abruptly adjourned and the Governor would be apprised of it, she added.