MP Assembly adjourned sine die

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Bhopal, Mar 19 (UNI) The budget session of Madhya Pradesh Assembly was adjourned sine die today amid pandemonium over reported bribing of Samajwadi Party member Kishor Samrite to vote in favour of Congress-supported independent candidate Vivek Tankha in the Rajya Sabha elections to be held on March 26.

After an initial adjournment for about 40 minutes due to heavy uproar, Speaker Ishwardas Rohani rushed through the entire day's official business, including passage of the budget for fiscal 2008-09 and the related appropriation bill, in about ten minutes without debate and adjourned the sitting sine die 16 days ahead of schedule.

Earlier, the house was adjourned for five minutes after the members observed silence for two minutes to pay tributes to former Rajya Sabha member Sambhajirao Angre, former member Sitaram Sadho and prominent RSS leader Uttamchand Israni.

As the house assembled for the day, the Speaker made the obituary reference and floor leaders of different parties paid their condolences.

The house could not transact the question hour due to pandemonium with both ruling and opposition members remaining on their feet and BJP members flashing newspapers carrying report about the bribing of MLA.

Due to heavy uproar, Mr Samrite could not make a statement about threat to his life from ''Congress leaders''.

On the Speaker's directive to provide security to the legislator, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced to provide full security to Mr Samrite.

The house was adjourned sine die with the rendering of the national anthem.

The budget session, which commenced on February 25, was earlier scheduled to conclude on April 4.

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