Congress demands judicial probe into Indore riots (Lead)

July 9th, 2008 - 8:15 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhopal, July 9 (IANS) The main opposition Congress here demanded a judicial inquiry into Indore riots and decided to show black flags to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his cabinet colleagues wherever they go in the state. The Madhya Pradesh assembly was adjourned sine die Wednesday as Congress lawmakers disrupted proceedings for the third consecutive day, protesting the riots.

The house witnessed unruly scenes in the morning as the speaker called the members for question hour. While Leader of Opposition Jamuna Devi started demanding a judicial inquiry, other Congress members hurled black ‘dupattas’ (stoles) to mark their protest.

Leader of Opposition Jamuna Devi, after the adjournment of the house, told newsmen: “The opposition had no choice since the government was not heeding to our demand for ordering a judicial inquiry into the Indore riots. If the government was really interested in the smooth running of the house, it should have accepted our demand on the first day itself.”

“The purpose of carrying black ‘dupattas’ (stoles) into the house was to tell the government that the chief minister and all his ministerial colleagues would now be greeted in the same manner wherever they go in the state,” she said, adding, “we have no other option”.

Six people were killed in Indore and one in Satna in violence that followed the Jammu and Kashmir government’s decision to take back the land allotted to the Amarnath shrine board for pilgrims’ facilities.

This was the last assembly session of the current government since the state is scheduled to go to polls later this year.

Talking to reporters in the assembly premises after the house was adjourned sine die, two days ahead of schedule, Chief Minister Chouhan said that since the opposition threw all democratic norms aside while hurling black flags at the speaker, it was a black day in the history of the assembly.

He said that the Congress has been creating hurdles in the smooth running of the house in a bid to reap political benefits in the state polls which were due later this year.

Chouhan said that he himself wanted that the opposition should take the government to task “but on the issues of public interest”.

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