Joshi’s anguish over House disarray

Jaipur: The house proceedings took an ugly turn on Wednesday when in the last 15 minutes of question hour, the scene became so disgraceful that the speaker Dr CP Joshi said that he was feeling tortured by the behaviour of the members.

During the session, BJP MLA Madan Dilawar had raised a question regarding infant deaths in Kota’s JK Lon hospital to which Health Minister Raghu Sharma replied that children’s death is a sensitive issue and the opposition should not indulge in politics over such matter.

He added that the death of children should be a matter of concern for everyone and there should not be politics over it. He also gave data regarding JK Lon to claim that there were adequate arrangements for the treatment.

But the opposition wasn’t satisfied with the answer and insisted on the same while the speaker called out the next question while opposition members raised slogans. Ministers and Congress MLAs also waved newspaper clippings, showing the failure of former health minister Rajendra Rathore.

As the Speaker called the next question, Congress MLA Suresh Modi went over to the opposition benches with a clipping, which was snatched and torn by BJP MLA Vasudev Devnani.

Opposition MLAs then stormed into the well of the House and began raising slogans. BJP member Ashok Lahoti took pieces of the torn clipping and threw them towards the treasury benches.

After the question hour, LOP Gulab Chand Kataria regretted the incident but appealed the speaker to safeguard the opposition interests to which Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Dhariwal replied that the BJP members should also be told that tearing the paper was not desirable.

The incident made speaker Joshi express his feelings by conveying that he was neither denying the treasury not the opposition of its rights but was himself feeling tortured. He went on to say that he would follow the rule book and if the members don’t agree to it then they better choose a new speaker.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, while intervening in the matter, said it was unfortunate that the Speaker had to share his anguish over the conduct of the MLAs. He added disagreement by opposition members were welcome but the sanctity of the House should be maintained by everyone. He also assured cooperation in running the House.