Opposition Congress, Monday, staged a walkout from state Assembly over the issue of making public reports of MB Shah Commission that probed 14 allegations of corruption against the Gujarat government then led by Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
After completion of the Question Hour, Congress member Raghavji Patel rose on his seat and tried to make submission. However, Patel was not allowed by the Speaker Ganpat Vasava while saying that the former had not taken prior permission to raise an issue.
Following this, all the Congress MLAs also rose on their seats and started showing placards and raising slogans while demanding to make public the reports of MB Shah Commission. Subsequently, they rushed towards the Well of the House amid constant warnings by the Speaker that if they continued doing that then he would have to suspend them for a day.
At one point, Raghavji Patel even mentioned a previous notice moved by Congress party to initiate breach of privilege motion against the then revenue minister and current Chief Minister Anandiben Patel of misleading the House over the issue of submission of MB Shah Commission’s reports to the Governor’s Office. Ultimately, the Congress members walked out of the House.
Chief Spokesperson of Congress party at the Assembly and Danilimda MLA Shailesh Parmar said that Monday was earmarked for discussion on budgetary allocations for the finance department. “And the MB Shah Commission probed into financial irregularities of the government. And yet its reports have not been tabled in the House. So, we walked out of the House in protest.”
M B Shah Commission was appointed by the then Chief Minister of Gujarat and present Prime Minister Narendra Modi to probe into 14 points of alleged corruption done by the latter’s government at the relevant time.