On the first day of the Budget Session in the Vidhan Sabha, the opposition staged a walkout protesting against the Governor’s address reportedly starting four minutes before the slated time and on the issue of the deaths caused by consumption of spurious liquor in Haridwar district.
The Opposition alleged that the Governor, Baby Rani Maurya, began her address four minutes before the slated time of 11 AM on Monday. Leader of the Opposition Indira Hridayesh and Pradesh Congress Committee chief and Chakrata MLA Pritam Singh alleged that this was violation of the traditions of the House. They sought an explanation on how the Governor’s address began before the stated time. The Opposition members then began protesting against the deaths caused in Haridwar district due to consumption of spurious liquor, demanding resignation of the Chief Minister. The Governor continued her address for some time amidst the din.
The Opposition members were also carrying placards which they displayed also while protesting on the staircase leading to the House.
Later, talking to media persons, the Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said that the address of the Governor started as per the tradition of the House and protocol. Regarding the allegation about the Governor’s address being started before the designated time, he said that watches may have been calibrated differently, which is not valid ground for leveling such allegations.
Cabinet Minister and State Government spokesman, Madan Kaushik, said that considering protocol and tradition, the Governor begins delivering the address after reaching the House.
If the address was started a few minutes early, it should be taken as grounds for protest. Regarding the demand of the Opposition regarding the hooch tragedy, he said that answers to this and all other issues are received when relevant questions are raised and discussed in the Assembly, not by creating din on the issues.
Tuesday, 12 February 2019 | PNS | Dehradun