Ruckus in Gujarat Assembly as Congress, BJP members come to blows


The incident closely follows similar scenes in the Telangana Assembly where a Congress lawmaker Komatireddy Venkat Reddy threw a mike which struck and injured Swamy Goud, chairman of the Legislative Council in Telangana.

The three MLAs were asked not to enter the Assembly premises during their period of suspension.

Meanwhile, the Congress MLA from Jam Khambhaliya Vikram Madam raised an objection and said the speaker that he was not allowed to ask the question, although he raised his hand.

This made the Congress MLAs furious and they started shouting slogans inside the Vidhan Sabha. "The CCTV footage will prove everything", said deputy chief minister Nitin Patel.

Speaker Rajendra Trivedi strongly reprimanded the legislators, calling their act hooliganism, and said the stiff punishment was aimed at setting a deterrent to such behaviour.

Pradeepsinh Jadeja (BJP) wanted a discussion over wastage of time in the House, while Congress MLA Ambrish Der, at the same time, pressed for a discussion on the deaths.

This invited a retaliation from the ruling party members, who assaulted Congress MLA Der.

"The opposition party members started the ruckus and resorted to violence in the House".

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Madam, however, insisted on speaking. Later, Dudhat claimed he lost his cool after Panchal used unparliamentary language and invoked names of his mother and sister.

Speaker Trivedi then suspended both the leaders, which enraged the Opposition party's Pratap Dudhat. When Trivedi objected to his tone, Madam and Der rushed into the well of the House.

Dudhat was angry with Panchal for asking Congress MLAs to remain silent when the speaker was making his point.

Speaker suspended Pratap Dudhat and Amrish Der for three years and Baldev Thakore for a year following acrimonious scenes in the state assembly.

The marshals in the Assembly intervened and brought the situation under control.

As they came to blows, other members from both sides rushed to the well where they all jostled with one another before the Speaker adjourned the proceedings.

The Congress members will demand the resignations of all the defected MLAs as well, so that they could go to the people to seek fresh mandate.