Din in CG Assembly as BJP Seeks Discussion on Targeted Killing

RAIPUR: The CG legislative assembly witnessed high drama on Thursday when the opposition demanded a discussion on the targetted killing of BJP karyakartas by Naxals in the Bastar region for opposing religious conversions by moving an adjournment motion. The issue was raised during the Zero Hour by BJP members, including Shivratan Sharma, and Brijmohan Agrawal.

The house was adjourned thrice today in quick succession. Around 13 legislators were suspended twice after they trooped into the well breaking the decorum of the house.

Alleging a “nexus” between (Christian) missionaries and Naxalites, Sharma said four BJP leaders who were instrumental in opposing the forced conversion were targeted and murdered in Bastar division (which comprises seven districts) in the last month.

Ajay Chandrakar claimed that naxal dominated Bastar was in a state of ‘undeclared emergency’ and that an attempt was being made to change the demography of the tribal-dominated region as a part of a political conspiracy.

In counter, Congress legislators hurled accusations at opposition thatthe targetted kilings during the Raman Singh Govt were uncountless and thatthis activity of the Maoists was controlled during Baghel rule.

Amid sloganeering by the BJP legislators, the debate on the demand proposals for the third supplementary budget of the ongoing financial year continued. After the discussion, the supplementary budget of Rs 4,143 crore for the ongoing fiscal 2022-2023 was passed in the Assembly, following which Speaker Mahant revoked the suspension of the BJP MLAs.

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