MP House Adjourns Sine Die Amid Uproarious Scenes

Story Highlights
  • The Madhya Pradesh Assembly was adjourned indefinitely on Friday.
  • The opposition raised the issue of "paltry" fund allocation to the Tribal Affairs Department.
  • OBC quota would be an essential feature of the polls.

Bhopal: The following chaos by the main opposition Congress, which raised the issue of “paltry” cash allocation to the Tribal Affairs Department in the Second Supplementary Budget, the Madhya Pradesh Assembly was postponed indefinitely on Friday, the penultimate day of the five-day Winter Session. The Question Hour was cancelled, and when the members reconvened after an interim recess, the situation remained unchanged, thus Speaker Girish Gautam completed the formalities of dealing with the items on the agenda. Calling attention notices and a handful of amendment bills, one of which dealt with the Gwalior Trade Fair Authority, were among them.

Former minister Omkar Sing Markam began questioning the allocation as soon as the day’s proceedings began, and other Congress members backed him up. The Speaker begged them to remain calm so that Question Hour could proceed. The lawmakers, however, continued to talk at the same time, and the Bharatiya Janata Party fired back from the Treasury benches. An adjournment was announced as the House plunged into turmoil.

The Second Supplementary Budget, which exceeded Rs 19,000 crore, and the Redressal and Recovery of Damages to Public and Private Property Bill were two of the session’s highlights. On Tuesday, lawmakers debated a Congress-introduced adjournment motion on the issue of Other Backward Classes reservation in panchayat elections. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan tabled a resolution on Thursday that stated that the OBC quota would be an important part of the elections.

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