Protest over Una Dalit flogging: Gujarat Assembly suspends 50 Cong MLAs, 400 workers detained

While the Assembly witnessed ruckus over the issue, thousands of party workers took out a 'Janakrosh rally' against the "oppressive" government.

By: PTI | Gandhinagar | Published: August 23, 2016 5:29 pm
una, una dalit, gujarat Around 50 Congress MLAs were evicted and suspended for a day from the Assembly after they staged a demonstration and disrupted the proceedings over the Una Dalit thrashing incident of July 11.

Around 50 Congress MLAs were today suspended from the state Assembly and nearly 400 of its workers detained even as the party stepped up its offensive against the BJP government in Gujarat over “atrocities on Dalits”, including the Una flogging incident.

While the Assembly witnessed ruckus over the issue, thousands of party workers took out a ‘Janakrosh rally’ against the “oppressive” government.

Nearly 400 of them, including senior leaders Shankersinh Vaghela, Bharatsinh Solanki, Shaktisinh Gohil, and Rajya Sabha MP Madhusudan Mistry were detained.

They were and later let off.

Around 50 Congress MLAs were evicted and suspended for a day from the Assembly after they staged a demonstration and disrupted the proceedings over the Una Dalit thrashing incident of July 11.

During a discussion on the issue, Congress members rushed to the well of the House displaying placards dubbing the government as “anti-Dalit” and threw bangles towards ministers.

At least 20 of the Opposition members wore body suit banners and kept up their protest, despite repeated warnings by Speaker Ramanlal Vora on the second and last day of the Monsoon session of the Assembly.

As the din continued, the Speaker ordered marshals to evict the Congress MLAs from the House and named and suspended them for a day. Subsequently, the Congress MLAs were forcibly taken out of the House.

The Speaker said the Opposition had come to the House with a pre-planned strategy as more than their concern for Dalits they were trying to garner political mileage out of the issue.

Speaker did not suspend Opposition leader Shankersinh Vaghela and senior legislator Mohansinh Rathwa as they remained seated during the ruckus, but later they too walked out protesting the action against their party colleagues.

Later, nearly 400 Congress supporters, along with senior leaders and MLAs, were detained as they took out a march towards the Assembly as part of the party’s ‘Janakrosh rally’.

They were stopped when they reached the main gate of the Assembly, police said.

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    Paki Xpress
    Aug 23, 2016 at 3:16 pm
    In Expeess math 400 workers = thousands of workers. Read above. It says 400 workers and then suddenly they same magically become thousands. I see magic.
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      Desi
      Aug 23, 2016 at 3:07 pm
      Christians have created slavery and wiped out civilizations agter civilizations. Islam wiped out humanity. Sunni Muslims are wiping out all infidels. At least India has made tremendous progress n Hinduism. There are no laws in any Islamic countries protecting minorities and low caste. It's the other way around. In Malaysia there are laws where Sunni Muslims the majority are protected and you cannot start any business cannot get any government job or contract none unless it is owned by Bhumiputra - the Sanskrit name for Sunni Muslims. In stan they use Blasphemy laws to wipe out all minorities. In Saudi and other places you have religious police to make sure you follow Sunni sharia laws. At least you see in India all kinds of people making progress. No Muslim country out of 70 countries has given total control of their media and movie industry like we have done to minorities like Muslims we have done. In stan there is a law that President and PM can only be Sunni Muslim. In Saudi they are performing atr0cities against Shia. In India your SC has more Christian judges and Airforce has more Christians then their potion percentage. Smuggling is totally controlled by Muslims. Billionaire can be a Muslim like Azeemji Premji. Show me the same in Muslim counties even in divided Indian part stan. Why not?
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        Amar Akbar
        Aug 23, 2016 at 2:56 pm
        Sectarian vi0lence in stan refers to attaks by Sunni against people and places in stan motivated by antagonism toward Shia, and the small Ahmadi, Hindu and Christian religious groups. As many as 4,000 people are estimated to have been kiIIed in Shia-Sunni sectarian fighting in stan between 1987–2007. And since 2008 "thousands of Shia" have been kiIIed by Sunni extremists according to the human rights group Human Rights Watch
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          Imran
          Aug 23, 2016 at 3:14 pm
          Oh so now you want to hijack power by brutal means after staying in power for 60 years?
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            Paki xpress
            Aug 23, 2016 at 1:49 pm
            First it said thousands of supporters then it says nearly 400 supporters took out rally. Make up your mind on how you much you want to lie Expess.
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