Free for all in Gujarat Assembly: 2 Congress MLAs suspended for 3 yrs


Gandhinagar: The Gujarat Assembly on March 14 witnessed ugly scenes when the ruling BJP and opposition Congress members clashed in the House, leading to the suspension of two Congress MLAs for an unprecedented three years and a one-year suspension of another lawmaker from the party.
The House plunged into chaos as the BJP and Congress members came to blows during the proceedings.
The speaker later suspended two Congress MLAs — Pratap Dudhat and Amrish Der — for three years, the longest ever in the state’s history.
Another Congress legislator, Baldevji Thakor, was suspended for a year for an incident that allegedly took place in the lobby of the Assembly.
The three MLAs were asked not to enter the Assembly premises during their period of suspension.
Angry over the suspension of their colleagues, the other Congress MLAs walked out of the House in protest.
The ruckus began when the speaker stopped Vikram Madam of the Congress from expressing his views during a discussion on an issue after the Question Hour.
Madam, however, insisted that he would speak.
At that time, Der asked the speaker to allow Madam to speak.
The speaker objected to his tone, following which Madam and Der rushed to the Well of the House in protest.

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