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Sunday 17 December 2017
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Budget session begins on a stormy note; Opposition seeks debate on phone-tapping

As expected, the Himachal Pradesh budget session started on a stormy note here today as opposition BJP created chaos in the House and pressed two adjournment motions in the house. Opposition demanded for immediate discussions on their adjournment motions on phone-tapping and removing the name of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee from welfare schemes. Opposition also raised questions over the closure of colleges set up during the previous rule.

As soon as Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh introduced the newly-inducted minister Anil Sharma, holding the charge of Animal Husbandry and Panchayati Raj, BJP members Ravinder Ravi, Rajeev Bindal and Suresh Bhardwaj inquired about the fate of their notices on adjournment motions.

In reply to it, Speaker Brij Bihari Lal Butail said the notices given by them were under consideration and did not give any ruling and proceeded with the Question Hour. However, dissatisfied over the reply from the speaker, the opposition members started raising slogans against the government. The question hour and house proceedings, thus, continued in the midst of the ruckus.

The BJP members, adamant on a discussion, started raising slogans and nothing could be heard in the din. All efforts of the Speaker to pacify the BJP members yielded no result and he asked the Chief Minister if he wanted to give any statement on the issues raised by the opposition. The Chief Minister made a suo motu statement in the House amid ruckus.



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