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Rajya Sabha ruckus: Digvijaya Singh raises objections over Goa Governor’s conduct

They also trooped into the Well of the House, shouting slogans such as 'Loktantra ki hatya band karo, band karo' (Stop the murder of democracy).

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 17, 2017 3:33 pm
digvijaya singh, mridula sinha, rajya sabha, parliament, rajya sabha today, congress, goa, goa floor test, manohar parrikar, goa governor Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh. (File Photo)

The Rajya Sabha was disrupted earlier Friday when Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh alleged that Goa Governor Mridula Sinha committed ‘gross constitutional impropriety’ in the light of the BJP forming a coalition government in the state.

Singh said he wanted to raise the issue under rule 267 so that proceedings of the listed business of the House be suspended in order to discuss it. To which, PJ Kurien, deputy chairman of the Rajya Sabha, objected and said, “A Governor can be discussed here but only on the basis of a substantive motion. So 267 I cannot allow…why don’t you move a substantive motion?”

Following Singh, other Congress leaders such as Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma also rose to demand a discussion on the issue. They also trooped into the Well of the House, shouting slogans such as ‘Loktantra ki hatya band karo, band karo’ (Stop the murder of democracy).

BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the government is ready for a discussion if the Congress brings a substantive motion.

Singh, who was the central observer in Goa after the election results threw up a fractured mandate, has alleged that the Governor did not invite the Congress to stake claim to form the government in spite of being the single-largest party in the Assembly. However, the BJP which has formed a government under Manohar Parrikar, said Singh and the Congress were lethargic and slow to reach out to the regional parties such as the MGP and the GFP and in the process lost out in getting a majority. While the Congress got 17 seats in the 40-member Assembly, the BJP was second with 13 seats. Parrikar on Thursday successfully won the floor test in the Assembly securing votes of 22 MLAs.

“They didn’t have the numbers on day one, or when they went to court. Even when they went to the floor test today, they had one less than 17. We have succeeded in debunking Digvijaya Singh’s claims,” said Parrikar.

The Congress party also suffered a rebellion when one of its MLAs, Viswajit Rane, abstained from voting and later resigned from the primary membership of the party. He attributed his actions to the ‘disgusting failure of the Congress in Goa.’

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    Chander Pal
    Mar 17, 2017 at 6:51 am
    RaGa and Diggy raja are on top of the list of BJP karyakartas.
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      Mar 17, 2017 at 7:33 am
      Digvijaya Singh why don't you marry Sonai you know you're so ugly B A S T R D
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        IML sood
        Mar 17, 2017 at 2:11 pm
        Every one could see that IE media has become a 'Ma Media',picking up non news as big news, just for TRP or some unknown reason. The news about Khujli and its AAP,news about this polically discarded Diggy making noise in RS after his incompetence, are such news have any importance for ordinary reader. How media for some unknown reasons stoop so low to report their choice news to misguide public.
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          Satendra kumar
          Mar 17, 2017 at 10:07 am
          Sir Digvijay Singh should learn the consution again the highest numbers does matter whichever gets highest Numbers gets a tick.a p ?
          1. M
            Mar 17, 2017 at 7:30 am
            My humble request to D-I-C=K Vijay Singh,---you no longer authorised to make statement on behalf of the goans,----consution does not allow you as per by the law,---the floor test has proved that you and CONGIE no longer required in the day to day activities of Goa and that you have been reduced to 0,----please finish your vacation as usual and return back to your home and remind yourself that in politics against BJP,--you are now a history,----Jai hind.
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