It is breach of faith, says Opposition Leader Ajay Bhatt
Dehradun, September 20
Incensed with the attitude of the ruling Congress government which failed to heed to their demand of extending the House session until Tuesday, all the BJP MLAs did not leave the House even after it was adjourned indefinitely. Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna,Parliamnetray Affiars Minister Indira Hriyadesh and Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal were trying to persuade the BJP legislators to end their dharna till late evening.
The Leader of the Opposition in the Uttarakhand Assembly Ajay Bhatt said that it was breach of faith. The government had promised to extend the session but it backtracked on its promise.
''As we were unable to participate in the Business Advisory Committee meeting which was held yesterday to finalise the business and take decision on extending the House due to the party rally, the Congress government took all the decisions without our participation,'' said Ajay Bhatt.
He raised the issue in the House terming the passage of the supplementary budget as null because the demands were not passed according to the heads under which they are allocated, said Bhatt.
The matter was also raised by former Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, who also referred to the rule book and said that as the discussion under adjournment motion was still on, no business work should have been taken.
However, the Parliamentary Affairs Minister Indira Hriyadesh said that all the rules were followed. ''As there was no business, it was pointless to conduct the House. Around six Bills had come up yesterday itself which were listed in the agenda for today. But the Opposition members did not attend the meeting of the Business Advisory Committee,'' she said.
Similar views were echoed by the Speaker, who said that the people's attention was riveted on their representatives as an important issue was being discussed, but after two days the debate lost track. The government was not allowed to put across its point of view. ''I am saddened by the response of the opposition,'' said Govind Singh Kunjwal.
Not satisfied with the response of the treasury benches, the Leader of the Opposition Ajay Bhatt tendered his resignation from the membership of Business Advisory Committee.
Till the writing of this report, the government was trying its best to placate the BJP MLAs to give up their dharna.