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Congress MLAs arrive in trucks for winter session

Demand resignation of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Assembly’s winter session witnessed a unique protest on its opening day on Monday with the main Opposition Congress party reaching the House on dumpers (trucks), pressing for the resignation of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan.

Riding on dumpers, the Opposition members including the former Chief Minister Digvijay Singh, leader of the Opposition Jamuna Devi, Congress Legislative Party Spokesman Sajjan Singh Verma reached the Assembly main gate staging a protest against Mr. Chouhan’s alleged involvement in the dumper corruption case.

Demanding his resignation, Singh later told reporters that they did not consider Mr. Chauhan as the leader of the House in view of the State Lokayukta registering an FIR against him and his wife on the issue of dumpers released out to the Rewa-based JP cement factory.

“As long as Chauhan remains the Chief Minister, the Opposition will not allow him to speak in the House,” Mr. Singh, Jamuna Devi and Mr. Verma told reporters jointly.

However, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narottam Mishra countered the Opposition’s demand stating that since the Congress does not have any issue against the Chief Minister, they are raising this matter every now and then to divert the attention of the people.

Before adjournment, the House paid homage to several leaders including former BJP chief Janakrishnamurthy, BJP MP Vijay Khandelwal, the former Union Minister S.R. Bommai and former MLA Vasudev Chandrakar among others.

The Assembly Speaker Ishwardas Rohani administered oath to newly elected Samajwadi Party (SP) MLA, Kishore Samrite, who was brought to the assembly from the Balaghat jail. — PTI

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