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Cong stages walkout on 2nd day of Budget Session

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By Our Staff Reporter
Gairsain, 2 Mar: The Congress today targeted the government in the Vidhan Sabha on the issues of price rise and the lathi charge, yesterday, on protesting villagers. The opposition entered the Well of the House and raised slogans. The first part of the day’s proceedings was held peacefully during which Question Hour and a discussion on price rise were conducted, peacefully. However, the second half witnessed the protests and a walkout by the Congress members, thereby not taking part on the motion of thanks for the Governor’s Address. They went to the gate of the Assembly building and staged a dharna, instead.
Earlier, ministers had a hard time answering members’ questions on the second day of the Budget Session of the Vidhan Sabha, today. This was particularly the case of Forest Minister Harak Singh Rawat and Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj. Even members from the Treasury Benches asked awkward questions.
Manglore MLA Qazi Nizamuddin asked about the state’s environment policy but was not satisfied with the answer. Khanpur MLA Pranav Singh ‘Champion’ asked about enforcing pollution standards on polluting industries. Leader of the Opposition Dr Indira Hridayesh asked about an alarm system in the rivers to warn against rise in water levels. Minister Harak Singh’s answers did not satisfy the questioners.
Irrigation Minister Satpal Maharaj responded to questions by Pritam Singh, Vinod Chamoli, Kedar Singh Rawat, Rajkumar, Dhan Singh Negi, Pritam Singh Panwar and Ram Singh Kaida. These ministers had to be supported by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Madan Kaushik in their responses.
In response to a question, Transport Minister Yashpal Arya informed the House that, since the state’s formation, there had been 27,492 accidents, resulting in 17,619 fatalities.