Tuesday, August 16, 2022

4 Jharkhand BJP MLAs suspended from Assembly for 3 days 

Saryu raises Harmu pollution, threatens to quit if government reply is right 

Ranchi, August 2: Amid ruckus by opposition BJP in Jharkhand Assembly, demanding a debate on corruption, Speaker Rabindra Nath Mahato on Tuesday suspended four legislators of the saffron camp till August 4, a day before the ongoing monsoon session comes to an end.

MLAs Bhanu Pratap Shahi, Dhulu Mahto, Jaiprakash Bhai Patel and Randhir Singh were suspended from the House for unruly behavior.

As soon as the proceedings began at 11 am, the saffron party MLAs trooped into the well, seeking resignation of Chief Minister Hemant Soren over various allegations and a debate on corruption.

Despite repeated appeals by Mahato to allow the House to run normally, the ruckus continued, promping him to suspend the legislators.

Amid uproarious scenes, he also adjourned the House till 12.30 pm.

After suspending four BJP legislators during the ongoing monsoon session for their unruly behaviour inside the House till August 4, Jharkhand Legislative Assembly speaker Rabindra Nath Mahato said that there is a limit to everything. He said he had to take action against these legislators to maintain decorum in the house.

The Speaker said, “A Speaker would never like to suspend any member of the House. Such a step is taken only to maintain the decorum in the House, there is no partiality in this.”

Mahto refuted the allegation levelled by the BJP of partiality against the opposition legislators.

Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren blamed the opposition MLAs of disrupting assembly proceedings when important discussion on drought effects was supposed to be discussed.

“They are conspiring to disturb the House and not let discussion on drought take place in the assembly. The government is serious on the drought spectre and concerned about the farmers and will take a decision soon,” said Soren.

In another significant development of the monsoon session, the first supplementary budget of Rs 3,436 crore for the financial year 2022-23 was passed by voice vote.  The house rejected cut motion brought by Ajsu MLA Lambodar Mahto.

Jamshedpur East MLA Saryu Roy raised issue of pollution of Harmu River and was not satisfied with the answer given by in-charge minister Champai Soren on the issue and demanded that a team should inspect the river and if the reply by the government is proved true then he would resign from the assembly membership or else action should be taken against officials giving such false replies to the assembly. 

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