Cong stages walkout from HP Assembly for 2nd day

first_imgShimla: Opposition Congress staged a walk out from the Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha on Tuesday, second consecutive day, on issue involving arrest of two aides of sitting Congress MLA Satpal Raijada even as Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur refused to concede their demand for acting against Superintendent of Police Una on the issue.The arrest of MLA’s driver and PSO was made by the police in MLA’s home district of Una in connecting with an alleging liquor smuggling case and their attempt to interfere in the investigations. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Una a district bordering Punjab is infamous for drug trafficking, liquor smuggling, illegal mining and forest offences. Leader of opposition Mukesh Agnihotri, on Monday had given an adjournment motion to Speaker Dr Rajeev Bindal on the issue alleging that the issue involves dignity of the sitting member of the House, and excess done by the police in handcuffing the staff members of the opposition MLA. As the adjournment motion was rejected, the opposition MLAs including 85-year-old former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh had raised slogans, entered well of the House and staged a walk-out. Today, there were again a replay of the similar protests in the House. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KChief Minister, instead, launched a fiercest attack against the opposition. “It’s so unfortunate that entire Congress has come to rescue of mafia. Infact, most regrettable thing is that mafia had managed to get the congress backing for its activities of drug trafficking as well as liquor smuggling. The investigations in the case is already underway. I can get it probed by Crime Wing or any other senior officer but will not compromise in my fight against the drug and liquor mafia”. He also claimed that his fight against the mafia has received a blow with the congress supporting the mafia. The leader of opposition, joined by rest of the Congress MLAs, reacted strongly to Chief Minister’s remarks and reaffirmed that the congress was not supporting any mafia. “Chief Minister must tender apology for branding the congress has supporter of mafia”, said Agnihotri before staging a walk-out. Meanwhile during a debate on recent rains, flash floods and landslides, Chief Minister said the state has suffered a loss of Rs 626 cr due to natural calamities and 30 people, out of 25 only during August 17 and 18 have lost their lives. Thakur told media persons later that noted Malayalam actress Manju Warrier and director Sanal Sasidharan, who were stranded in Spiti area of Lahaul-Spiti district after snowfall, rains and landslides resulting in complete disruption of road communications, were rescued on Tuesday and brought to Manali. Chief Minister said the district administration was taking all steps to rescue all stranded tourists from Spiti. Warrier had called her brother Madhu Warrier on Monday night informing about film’s crew — including director Sasidharan — stuck at Chatru in Himachal Pradesh.last_img read more