BJP legislator suspended for abusing minister in Raj Assembly

Decision to suspend MLA was taken after a House committee checked video footage of the proceedings.

Written by Agencies | Jaipur | Published: April 17, 2012 6:23 pm

An opposition BJP MLA was today suspended from Rajasthan Assembly for one year on the charges of abusing state Minister Rajkumar Sharma in the House.

The decision to suspend Khinvsar MLA Hanuman Beniwal was taken after a 11-member committee of the House checked video footage of the last night’s proceedings following strong demand by BJP,which had suspended him from its legislative party in February.

Beniwal,a first-time MLA,was earlier suspended from the House on March 17,2010 after a verbal spat with state Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Dhariwal.

Government Deputy Chief Whip Ratan Devasi proposed the suspension of Beniwal. The Assembly passed the motion by a voice-vote following which Deputy Speaker Ramnarayan Meena announced the MLA’s suspension.

Opposition members staged a walkout demanding action against the Sharma who,they said,was also guilty in the last night’s incident.

Beniwal had used abusive language against Minister of State for Medical and Health,Rajkumar Sharma,during a debate on demands related to his department last night.

Before the suspension,the House was adjourned four times.

Earlier in the day,Deputy Leader of Opposition G S Tiwari first raised the incident which took place last night.

He alleged that an MLA used abusive language against Sharma in the House and Deputy Speaker Ramnarayaran Meena should give ruling in the matter.

Tiwari demanded that the Question Hour be suspended and video footage of the House proceedings be checked.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Dhariwal requested Tiwari to let the House function smoothly and raise the issue during Zero Hour. Tiwari,however,continued to demand ruling in the matter.

Meanwhile,Minister of State for Home guards and civil defence Rajendra Gudha blamed government chief whip Raghu Sharma for the incident and demanded his suspension.

Both Gudha and Sharma trooped in the Well demanding action against the BJP legislator.

Incidentally,it is for the first time in the present 13th state legislative assembly when ministers have protested in the Well of the house against the government.

Dhariwal and Tourism minister Bina Kak tried to convince them but the duo continued with their protest.

As the protest continued,the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House till 1200 hours. But when the House reassembled,the presiding officer adjourned the House for an hour.

Later,Deputy Leader of Opposition Ghanshyam Tiwari said that the House should be adjourned for half-an-hour and the Deputy Speaker should see the video footage so that action can be initiated against Beniwal.

Deputy Speaker Ramnarayan Meena constituted a committee and adjourned the House for another hour so that the panel can see the video footage in a separate room of the Assembly.

The House was again adjourned for another hour by the presiding officer. When the House reassembled after the fourth adjournment,Beniwal was suspended by the Deputy Speaker.

BJP members Ghanshyam Tiwari,Gulabchand Kataria and others accused the government of initiating one-sided action. CPI-M Pemaram,who was in the committee,said that it was a one-sided action which is unacceptable.

The Opposition staged a walkout as their demands were not heard by Meena. The Deputy Speaker continued with listed business and the functioning of the assembly was normalised.

Beniwal was suspended from BJP legislative party in February this year after his derogatory remarks against party leaders Vasundhra Raje,Leader of Opposition,and party whip Rajendra Rathore (now jailed).

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