2Gujarat Cong MLAs suspended for 3 years

2Gujarat Cong MLAs suspended for 3 years

Following the incident, a Congress MLA was suspended for the entire Budget Session of the Assembly.

The three MLAs were asked not to enter the Assembly premises during their period of suspension.

The bedlam that forced the Speaker Rajendra Trivedi to adjourn the house for 15 minutes, started after the Question Hour when Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel raised a point of order.

This made the Congress MLAs furious and they started shouting slogans inside the Vidhan Sabha.

Speaker Rajendra Trivedi strongly reprimanded the legislators, calling their act hooliganism, and said the stiff punishment was aimed at setting a deterrent to such behaviour.

"This was a shameful incident and unprecedented in the history of Gujarat Assembly". A few Congress members hit BJP MLA Jagdish Panchal with the rod of a microphone and also punched him.


The Congress is making its presence felt in the House now that it has 78 members, its highest count in over 20 years. Der and BJP member from Nikol Jagdish Panchal indulged in a heated exchange. However, the Speaker disallowed the point of order after which Congress MLA Ambrish Der joined Madam and questioned his ruling.

The speaker ruled that such point of order - as sought by Madam - can not be raised. The speaker objected to his tone, following which Madam and Der rushed to the Well of the House in protest.

Speaker Trivedi then suspended both the leaders, which enraged the Opposition party's Pratap Dudhat.

Speaking to reporters, Dudhat alleged that he was being targeted by the treasury benches and that abuses had been hurled at him for over a week. Lawmakers Ambrish Der and Pratap Dudhat have been suspended for three years while another MLA has been suspended for one year. As, one by one, other Congress MLAs also started asking the same question of the Speaker, there was chaos in the House and the atmosphere became tense.

The marshals rushed in and brought the situation under control. The speaker suspended Dudhat for the rest of the session and adjourned the House, but the scenario remained chaotic.

Later, in the lobby of the Assembly, Thakor allegedly tried to assault BJP MLA Harsh Sanghvi.

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