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Assembly witnesses oppn protests on Sonia motion

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Panaji, Mar 24 (UNI) Goa Legislative Assembly was today adjourned for half-an-hour following noisy protests and slogan shouting by the Opposition BJP against the Congress-sponsored motion congratulating Ms Sonia Gandhi for resigning as member of Parliament and chairperson of National Advisory Council.

The angry Opposition, led by Manohar Parrikar, trooped into the well of the House raising slogans, when Speaker Francisco Sardinha did not allow him to air his views on the motion.

The Opposition also staged a walk out, but returned immediately, with the Speaker switching over to the rest of the business of call attention motions.

The Opposition members termed the action of the Speaker ''partisan,'' as he allowed Ravi Naik (Cong) to speak after reading the motion, while disallowed Mr Parrikar from speaking.

When Mr Parrikar said the BJP did not support the motion and sought permission of the Speaker to air his views, the Speaker said he would then remove the word 'unanimous' from the resolution without putting it to vote, which was again objected to by the Oppposition.

Mr Vinay Tendulkar even pointed out that the resignation should start first from Goa with some legislators holding two posts, pointing towards Chief Minister Pratapsinh Rane.

In his congratulatory motion in the Assembly, GPCC president Ravi Naik said, ''She (Sonia Gandhi) has set yet another example for the people and the leaders of the country by displaying rare committment to moral values.'' Incidentally, Goa Assembly, in its last year session, had passed a legislation so that the members holding offices-of-profit do not attract disqualification.

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