Raj Assembly adjourned ahead of schedule

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Jaipur, Feb 20 (UNI) Rajasthan State Assembly was adjourned for the day hours ahead of its schedule, to facilitate chamber parleys to resolve deadlock over the issue of "violation of constitutional provisions" in the appointment of Parliamentary Secretaries.

The Opposition Congress gave no let up over the issue even as protests, continued to mar the proceedings for the third successive day today, forcing Deputy Speaker Ram Narain Vishnoi to order three adjournments in a row, before final adjournment for the day at 1433 Hrs.

In the meantime, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje informed the house that the Advocate General's opinion was sought over the issue and the same was being tabled in the house.

She persuaded the opposition to go through the report."Even after the study of the report, if there is any room for dissatisfaction the same can be discussed in or outside the house," Ms Raje said.

The Chief Minister's suggestion did not work and noisy scenes continued as the opposition members inclduing CP Joshi and Zuber Khan were stressing on upholding of sanctity of the Speaker's ruling and urging the Chief Minister to regret for "violation" committed by her government in appointment of the Parliamentary Secretaries.

Leader of the Opposition Hemaram Chaudhary also spoke over the issue. He was unhappy over the treasury benches interruptions to prevent him to speak yesterday and Chief Minister's "gestures" during his speech today.

Mr Chaudhary suddenly turned emotional and started weeping in the house. He said he was hurt by the attitude of Chief Minister and members from treasury benches.

He said that Chief Minister was ridiculing and laughing at him but this was not an issue to laugh but it was an issue which attracted serious introspection. This sudden turn in scenario agitated Congress members and they gathered around Mr Chaudhary raising slogans against the Chief Minister and the government. This forced Deputy speaker Mr Vishnoi to effect third adjournment of the day at 1330 Hrs and later final adjournment dor the day at 1433 Hrs.

Chamber parleys between Ms Raje and Congress leaders were in progress.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rajendra Singh Rathore said that the deadlock is expected to be broken by tomorrow.

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