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Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha on Tuesday witnessed rowdy scenes and a bitter spat between Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and opposition members over CBI’s charge-sheet against Singh in Disproportionate Assets (DA) case. The atmosphere turned so ugly that BJP MLA Ravinder Ravi broke two microphones in protest against Speaker BBL Butail for not allowing him to counter CM’s allegations against top BJP leaders.
Thereafter, a complete pandemonium prevailed in the House as Ravi led the party MLAs to the well of the House started sloganeering against the chief minister and the Congress government. Ravi also picked up a file from the table of Vidhan Sabha Secretary SS Verma and banged it hard.
Trouble started immediately after Maheshwar Singh, a senior MLA, raised the matter relating to Chief Minister ‘s Disproportionate Assets (DA) case being probed by the CBI. He quoted newspaper reports relating to CBI claiming to have finalised the chargesheet of worth Rs 10 cr disproportionate assets of the CM. But before he could complete, Chief Minister intervened, and objected to the opposition attempt to raise the matter. Virbhadra declared that he was not afraid of the CBI and said that the cases were act of political witch-hunting unleashed by former CM Prem Kumar Dhumal, his sons—Anurag Thakur and Arun Dhumal beside union minister Arun Jaitley.
Agitated over the chief minister’s remarks, the BJP MLAs asked the Speaker to allow them to counter the CM’s charges but they were not allowed to speak. The opposition members then staged a walk out. When they returned to House, clashes broke out between them and Congress MPs. There was an exchange of charges and a heated spat between two sides.