On the first day of the Budget Session on Thursday,the Opposition Congress stopped Governor Kamala Beniwal from reading out her inaugural speech as soon as she began to praise the Narendra Modi government.
In the middle of her speech,Congress MLAs started shouting Hisab Do,Jawab Do slogans against the government till Beniwal declared that her speech should be considered as read.
Leader of opposition (LOP) in the Assembly and senior Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil said,As per tradition,the Governors speech is prepared by the state government but usually it raises important issues and plans to solve them. But for the last several years,the Governors speeches have become mere text for CMs publicity and so we raised anti-government slogans in the House during the Governors speech.
In her speech,drafted by the states General Administration Department (GAD),Beniwal praised the CMs Sadbhavana Mission fast. Gujarat has been nurtured with the virtue of Sadbhavana,the spirit to reach out to the people. In order to preserve the national unity and integrity,my government has weeded out communalism,casteism and regionalism through peace,unity and fraternity. Sauno Saath,Sauno Vikas(development of all,with cooperation of all) was the underlying mantra of the three-day Sadbhavna Upavas observed by the chief Minister, she said.
Like the last year,the Governor also lauded the state governments efforts for minority
welfare. I am glad to inform you that literacy rate among the Muslim community in Gujarat
is 73.5 per cent,compared to
the national literacy rate of 59.1 per cent. Per capita income among Muslims in rural areas
of Gujarat is Rs 668,compared to the national average of Rs 553, she said.
She also lauded the government for distribution of scholarship among Muslim students for which the National Commission for Minorities and the central government had criticised the state government.
Crackdown on agitating farmers
Meanwhile,outside the Assembly,the police lobbed tear gas shells to disperse agitating farmers who had joined the Congress rally against the state government. Some Congress workers were also arrested.
State Congress president Arjun Modhwadia,Shaktisinh Gohil,former CM Shankarsinh Vaghela and party leader Narhari Amin also participated in the rally.
Modhwadia alleged that even after payments of Rs 2 lakh,farmers were not getting electricity connection while companies like Tata were getting 220kv and 66kv substations at their door steps at peoples cost.
Vaghela said the central government was giving cheap electricity to the people while the state government was selling power and forcing farmers to buy costly electricity.