Shoes flashed in Haryana assembly, Congress MLA suspended for a year
Leader of opposition Abhay Singh Chautala and five-time legislator of the Congress Karan Singh Dalal were involved in the unsavoury incident.
Haryana Vidhan Sabha Speaker Kanwar Pal on Tuesday imposed one year ban on Congress MLA Karan Singh Dalal from attending assembly proceedings after the BJP government moved a resolution accusing the former minister of referring to Haryana as “kalankit rajya” during a discussion.
But before being suspended, the fifth term legislator Dalal and Abhay Chautala, the leader of the principal opposition party INLD, had come close to hitting each other with shoes.
It was first Dalal, who angrily and aggressively moved towards the INLD benches with right shoe in his right hand, targeting Chautala with what the INLD leaders said “very provocative and abusive language.” Chautala too retaliated at Dalal hurling abuses in plenty and shoe in hand.
At the root of Dalal’s provocation was the decision of Chautala who had asked the BJP to move a resolution to suspend Dalal for hurting the feelings of people of Haryana by using “disgraceful words” against the state on the sacred floor of the House.
“The language that Dalal used has left a deep wound...He cannot be spared with an apology. Bring a resolution to suspend him...and we will support that,” Chautala said. His stand further strengthened the BJP’s resolve to suspend Palwal MLA Dalal, who is known for taking on the BJP in and outside the assembly.
Suddenly Dalal was seen shouting at Chautala and rushing towards INLD benches. The duo had come dangerously close to each other. Anyhow, they were prevented from hitting each other as the speaker rushed his marshals to stand in between the two leaders. And the Congress MLAs physically stopped Dalal from jumping inside the territory of INLD. All the INLD MLAs were ready to take the revenge as Chautala asked them to hit back.
To prevent the situation from turning ugly further and to bring down the boiling temperature, the speaker adjourned the House for 10 minutes at 1.18 pm.
The tempers of the INLD benches were boiling so much so that while stepping out of the House during adjournment, Chautala dared Dalal to stay inside the House. Visibly shaken at the turn of events, the former two term chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Raghubir Singh Kadian tried to tackle the situation and cool the tempers.
Unless this ban is revoked, the Congress MLA, who has questioned the law under which he was suspended for one year, cannot attend the Vidhan Sabha sessions during the term of this House as the assembly elections are due by October 2019.
In the 90 member House the Congress has 17 MLAs, INLD 18, BJP 47, Independents 5, SAD and BSP one each. At present House comprises of 89 members after the death of INLD legislator.
How the drama unfolded
The trouble began when Dalal was speaking on a calling attention notice he had moved. His contention was that about 25 lakh ration cards belonging to poor people have been removed from the list. He said this had deprived people of Palwal from availing the facility and that poor people were running from pillar to post to get their names included in the list.
When Dalal was speaking, BJP ministers Capt Abhimanyu and Om Parkash Dhankar were on their feet, questioning how Dalal could refer to his motherland as “kalankit rajya.”
Dalal repeatedly said that he used the phrase in different context.
Dhankar raised a hue and cry and other BJP MLAs and ministers cornered Dalal.
The deputy speaker Santosh Yadav said she will expunge the remarks of Dalal. But the BJP refused to budge, demanding action against Dalal for “demeaning Haryana and its people and the land of Gita.”
“Dalal has used abusive words against our motherland. He has abused Bhagwan Krishna,” Dhankar shouted. “He should apologise to 2.5 crore people of Haryana only then the dignity of this House can be restored,” Capt Abhimanyu said.
As deputy speaker asked Dalal to clarify his position, BJP minister said: “We don’t want clarification, we want action against Dalal.”
No Congress MLA came to the support of Dalal, who kept saying he had used the word in a different context.
The ruling BJP forced the first 10 minute adjournment at 12.54pm.
After the House reassembled, Speaker Kanwar Pal endorsed the contention of the treasury benches. Din prevailed as agriculture minister Dhankar demanded suspension of the Congress MLA.
“The words you used were in bad taste. I have seen the record,” Speaker also said even as Capt Abhimanyu gave further push to oust Dalal move, saying the BJP will not let Congress refer to Haryana as “Kalankit rajya” and questioned INLD’s stand.
It was at this point that Chautala stood up to endorse BJP’s stand and asked to move resolution. This provoked Dalal and the possibility of scuffle between Dalal and Chautala forced Speaker to adjourn House at 1.18 pm.
Capt Abhimanyu moved the resolution to suspend Dalal for one year. The Congress leaders Hooda and Kadian said moving the resolution without giving Dalal chance to explain his case would be against the spirit of the law and House, while the BJP chorus “Dalal cannot be pardoned” grew louder.
Finally, the House adopted the resolution.
First Published: Sep 11, 2018 18:49:12