Opposition MLAs in Rajasthan Assembly, led by Congress legislators, protested in the well of the House on Friday, seeking a debate on cow deaths, crimes against Dalits and corruption in the state before the debate on GST. Speaker Kailash Chand Meghwal, however, ignored the demand.
When the House assembled at 11 am, the Opposition MLA, including those from Congress, National Peoples Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and Independents, stormed the Well with placards and raised slogans — “gau mata hum sharminda hain, tere hatyare satta paksh hain.”
The Speaker called them “goons” and directed marshals to evict them. About three-four MLAs were taken outside, but Leader of Opposition Rameshwar Dudi said he shoved the marshals back.
The House was adjourned for an hour and reassembled at 12:20 pm. Opposition MLAs again stormed the Well. At this point, Deputy Whip Madan Rathore said that they are ready to debate the issue of cow deaths, “but it should be done as per rules”. Alleging that Congress was only “interested in grabbing headlines”, he said that more than 5,000 cows had died in 2000, when the state was under Congress rule.
As the Opposition’s protest continued, the House was adjourned again at 12:42 pm and reassembled an hour later. At 2:09 pm, it was adjourned for the third time, this time for 15 minutes, with Meghwal “appealing” to the Opposition to stop their protest when the House reassembles so that an “important issue” could be discussed.
However, the Opposition continued the protest when the House reassembled and the GST Bill was ratified amid the ruckus. The House was then adjourned sine die, and the seventh session of Fourteenth Legislative Assembly came to an end.