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On Day 3, war of words between Cong, BJP MLAs

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said the Speaker has already expunged the words from the proceedings.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: September 5, 2015 5:49:14 am

The third day of the Monsoon session of the Haryana Vidhan Sabha started with heated exchanges between the BJP and Congress legislators during Question Hour.

The ruckus started after Health Minister Anil Vij made ‘objectionable remarks’ targeting Congress Legislator Party leader Kiran Choudhry.

Choudhry sought reply to a question on whether Community Health Centres in Tosham, Miran and Kairu and Primary Health Centres (PHCs) in Dinod, Dhani Mahu and Bhushan are in a bad condition and when are these likely to be repaired.

Vij said the PHCs were in good condition, but the buildings of community health centre in Tosham and rural dispensary in Bhushan were in a bad condition.

Choudhry said there have been reports that 75 per cent of the funds for the proposed medical college in Bhiwani had been withdrawn. To this Vij replied that she was not well versed with the facts and then passed ‘objectionable remarks’ against her.

This led to a heated exchange of words between Congress MLAs and Vij. Choudhry demanded that Vij tender an apology. She said she would bring privilege motion against him if he does not apologise. She also threatened a walk out.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said the Speaker has already expunged the words from the proceedings. As arguments continued, Vij said since the words had been expunged he has forgotten that and the Congress legislators could remind him. The BJP took jibes at the factionalism in the Congress.

Choudhry said, “After his remarks I sat down when these were expunged. Despite that he repeated the remarks. You (Speaker) are the custodian of the House. You are responsible for maintaining decorum. The party talks of Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao, but its own members show such disrespect towards woman legislators. I have written to the CM about funds being withdrawn. The ultrasound device for the centre was not installed,” she said.

CM Khattar said in the absence of required infrastructure, the device was not installed. But he assured that the same would be in place within next 15 days.

He said he would look into the matter if any funds have been withdrawn. Regarding the reference to Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao programme, Khattar said that BJP government remains committed to implement schemes for the welfare of women and for ensuring their empowerment.

Talking Points

# Health Minister Anil Vij said 761 new doctors were being recruited, out of which 389 had been given appointment letters.

# Renuka Bishnoi of the Haryana Janhit Congress brought to attention of ill-equipped hospitals and how basic healthcare services were still out of reach for the masses.

# Four bills were passed —The Haryana Good Conduct Prisoners (Temporary Release) Amendment Bill, 2015; The Haryana Police (Amendment) Bill, 2015; The Haryana Registration and Regulation of Societies (Amendment) Bill, 2015 and The Haryana Appropriation (No.3) Bill, 2015.

# Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said Vidhan Sabha Speaker would be urged to convene another session in November to discuss important issues.

# Reports on Mirchpur incident and Hondh Chillar incident were tabled in the House.

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