Unrelenting Opposition disrupts U'khand Assy proceedings

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Dehra Dun, Mar 5 (UNI) Proceedings in the Uttarakhand Vidhan Sabha remained disrupted for the third day today as Opposition Congress and BSP members created an uproar in the House against the government for not hastening the issuance of caste certificates.

Earlier, when the House assembled at around 1100 hrs, ruckus by the legislators forced Speaker Harbans Kapur to order them to leave the House.

As the proceedings began, members of both the parties trooped into the well of the House, demanding an immediate discussion under Rule 310 on issues relating to caste and domicile certificates for Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) in the state.

The Speaker tried to convince the agitating members that until the all party committee's report on the issuance of caste certificates was not submitted, the House could not comment on it.

He also requested the Parliamentary Affairs Ministry to look into the matter.

The Opposition, refusing to buy the Speaker's statement, accused the government of misleading the public and resorted to sloganeering. Some members sat on a 'dharna' as a mark of protest.

The unrelenting members also refused to take their seats despite the Speaker asking them to, afterwhich he adjourned the House for 30 minutes which was extended for another 20 minutes.

When proceedings resumed, the legislators continued to disrupt the business of the House. The Speaker then issued a dire warning that until the agitating members vacated the House, he would not hear the discussion.

But, when the Speaker's order was not entertained, the House was again adjourned till 1600 hrs.

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