New Delhi, March 14: Gujarat Assembly witnessed ugly scenes on Wednesday when ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Opposition Congress MLAs exchanged blows inside the House. Congress MLA Pratap Dudhat reportedly attacked BJP’s Jagdish Paanchal after a heated war of words went out of control during the ongoing Budget session.
According to reports, Dudhat, who represents Savarkundla seat, used his belt targeting Nikol MLA Panchal. Soon, other leaders from both the sides joined in resulting in a massive scuffle inside the Gujarat Assembly.
Speaker Rajendra Trivedi suspended Dudhat for the rest of the session. Other Congress MLAs staged a walk out in protest against the decision.
The incident comes a day after as many as 28 Congress MLAs were suspended from the Gujarat Assembly for a day on Tuesday (March 13) and 15 of them evicted from the House after they created a ruckus over the suspension of senior party member Virji Thumar.
However, Speaker Rajendra Trivedi, who suspended the opposition MLAs in the first half, revoked the suspension in the second half after the Congress’ chief whip, Amit Chavda, tendered an apology on behalf of his party colleagues.
There were chaotic scenes in the House when Agriculture Minister R C Faldu was speaking on the budgetary demands for his department.
Before Faldu’s speech, Thumar claimed in the House that the BJP government in Gujarat had not built a single dam during its 22-year rule.