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MP Assembly adjourned sine die: CM asked to quit

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Bhopal, Mar 24 (UNI) The Madhya Pradesh Assembly was adjourned sine die today amid bedlam with the main opposition Congress demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan charging him with holding dual office of profit while still being a Lok Sabha member.

As the house assembled for the day, the Congress members were on their feet and reached the well of the house raising slogans demanding Mr Chouhan's resignation. Amid uproarious scenes, Speaker Ishwardas Rohani adjourned the house briefly on two occasions.

When the house met for the third time, the Speaker allowed Leader of the Opposition Jamuna Devi to raise her point.

Along with the resignation of Mr Chouhan, she also demanded that about a dozen ministers and all those legislators, who held office of profit by virtue of holding positions like chairperson of different corporations, should forthwith resign. Congress President Sonia Gandhi had set an example, she added.

Members of the treasury bench protested giving a chance to Ms Jamuna Devi, but the Speaker rejected it saying he would not allow a debate on the office of profit issue.

The Congress members again reached near the Speaker's podium and indulged in slogan-shouting, when the Speaker rushed through the day's agenda, including passage of VAT amendment and three other bills in about ten minutes by voice vote. The Chief Minister and other BJP members remained on their seats.

Order was restored only when the Speaker ordered rendering of national anthem, after which the house was abruptly adjourned dine die around noon.

The budget session, which commenced on February 14, was originally scheduled to conclude on April 5, but was rescheduled till today.

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