BJP rebel member physically removed from Raj Assy

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Jaipur, Mar 26 (UNI) Ruling BJP's rebel member Prahlad Gunjal was removed physically from the Rajasthan Assembly today for showing disregard to the Chair.

Mr Gunjal, who has been expelled from ruling BJP for anti-party activities, was trying to raise the issue of the sale of properties of archaeological importance during the Zero Hour.

Speaker Sumitra Singh dissallowed him and asked to take his seat.

However, Mr Gunjal continued to speak for some time and in the meantime, Presiding Officer Shanti Lal Chaplot took the Chair and the latter cautioned Mr Gunjal twice to abide by the Chair's directives and take his seat.

Since Mr Gunjal ignored Chair's directives and continued to speak, Mr Chaplot ordered the house marshall to remove the member from the House.

The Assembly was later adjourned sine die after the five-week-long budget session.

Prior to adjournment, the House today passed four private universities bills--Suresh Gyan Vihar University, Jaipur, Bill 2008, Jyoti Vidhyapeeth Mahila University Jaipur, Bill 2008, Bhagwant University, Ajmer Bill 2008 and Jagannath University, Jaipur, Bill 2008, by voice vote paving way for setting up of four more private universities in the state.

The budget session began on February 18. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, who also holds the Finance portfolio, presented state budget for 2008-2009 on February 25.

During the session, the house passed a number of important bills including the new anti-conversion-Rajasthan Dharma Swatantraya Bill 2008, Rajasthan Bhoodan Yagna(Amendment) Bill 2008 and Rajasthan Panchayati Raj(Second Amendment) Bill 2008.

The closing of the session was today marred by Opposition's walk out over the demand of government's statement on communal violence in Chittorgarh and two adjournments over the issue of appointments of politicians other than MLAs and Ministers as district in-charges to head district-level administrative committees.

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