Fierce debate as Chhattisgarh assembly discusses no-trust motion

December 16th, 2011 - 7:21 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party Raipur, Dec 16 (IANS) Charges and counter-charges flew thick and fast among members of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and opposition Congress as the Chhattisgarh assembly Friday began a debate on a no-confidence motion.

Leader of Opposition Ravindra Choubey enclosed a 32-page chargesheet along with motion against the BJP regime while state party chief Nandkumar Patel opened the debate with some hard-hitting allegations against Raman Singh government which is in power since December 2003.

“This Raman Singh government has crossed all limits. Tribals population during the BJP regime came down by over three percent, 700 forested villages were uprooted, 10,000 farmers committed suicide and 7,000 girls of poor families were missing due to human trafficking,” Patel charged amid interruptions by treasury benches.

He alleged that BJP government is mired into corruption scandals worth Rs.20,000 crore and a detailed charge sheet on the issue has already been handed over to President Pratibha Patil in September by a delegation of the state Congress.

Public Works Department Minister Brijmohan Agrawal who is considered number two in a 13-member BJP council of ministers, hit out that the Congress as he responded from the government’s side.

“What’s the need to bring in no-confidence motion this time. Is the state witnessing political tremor?” asked Agrawal pointing towards Congress benches and adding: “The Congress has brought the motion just because its state leaders are battling for survival.”

He sought to refute the Congress’ charges point by point in his lengthy speech and termed them “completely baseless”.

“No corruption in the state, no farmers suicide,” asserted Agrawal and challenged Patel to prove that “even 10 farmers have committed suicide in the state during BJP’s tenure”.

Speaker Dharamlal Kaushik did not make any statement in house whether the voting on no-confidence motion would take place Friday or the house would discuss the motion for a few more days.

The winter session of the assembly will conclude on Dec 23.

In the 90-member state assembly, the BJP has strength of 49 members while the Congress has 39 and the Bahujan Samaj Party has two.

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