Day One of Budget session of Rajasthan Vidhan Sabha Monday got off to a stormy start with the Congress party disrupting Governor Kalyan Singh’s address, demanding lodging of police cases against two BJP MLAs who had allegedly made derogatory remarks against Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.
As soon as the Governor started his address, Leader of Opposition (LoP) Rameshwar Dudi stood up and demanded action against the BJP MLAs. Soon, other opposition MLAs reached the well of the House and started chanting slogans, demanding that an FIR be registered against Baytoo MLA Kailash Chaudhary and Ramgarh MLA Gyandev Ahuja. Chaudhary had allegedly demanded that Rahul Gandhi be killed “for supporting JNU traitors”.
Congress legislators also demanded that Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje apologise for the MLAs’ remarks and demanded their resignation. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rajendra Rathore intervened, saying that the disruption by the Congress does not befit the conduct during the Governor’s address. However, as disruption continued, he requested the Governor to read out the last page of the 75 page document and that it would be considered as read.
Assembly Speaker Kailash Meghwal then read out obituary remarks for a host of leaders who passed away recently, and the assembly was adjourned for the day.
Talking to the media after the Governor’s address, Dudi said the remarks made by the BJP MLAs against Rahul Gandhi cannot be justified and the BJP should act against the MLAs.
The Congress MLAs had met early on Monday and had decided to corner the government over several issues. Participating in the meeting was former Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, who has been unhappy with the Raje government over its lackadaisical attitude towards Barmer refinery.