Deputy Leader of Opposition Rajendra Rathore was on Monday briefly barred from taking part in the proceedings of the Rajasthan Assembly after he got into a heated argument with Speaker C P Joshi. At the same time, BJP MLAs walked out and also expressed symbolic protest when there was no question-zero time. It is to be noted that the House proceedings had to be postponed thrice in the midst of heavy protest from the opposition. After the motion against Rathore was decided, the Speaker decided to postpone the proceedings for half an hour. However, the House withdrew the motion later in the day after the BJP legislator expressed regret over his behaviour.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Dhariwal moved a motion against Rathore on the Speaker’s demand, which was passed by voice vote. Rathore had got into an argument with the speaker as alleging that members of the opposition were not allowed to speak during the discussion on the bills.
During the discussion on Rajasthan Rehabilitation of Beggars or Needy (Amendment) Act 2020, the speaker asked BJP MLA Madan Dilawar to finish his talk quickly.The speaker said this is not a general debate. Rathore objected to this and asked the Speaker to let the opposition MLAs speak. This resulted in a heated argument between the two and the speaker asked for a motion against Rathoreand soon members of the opposition shouted slogans in front of the speaker.
The MLAs did not return to their seats even after repeated requests made by speaker CP Joshi while Deputy Leader of Opposition Rathore continued to have fierce arguments with Dr. CP Joshi, Speaker of the Assembly. Subsequently, Parliamentary Minister Shanti Dhariwal proposed to remove Rathore from the House, which the speaker accepted without any delay. Accordingly, this resolution was passed by voice vote amidst uproar by the opposition.
After the removal of Rathore from the House, once again the speaker C.P. Joshi looked calm and restored his cool and softened his stand. He asked Leader of Opposition Gulab Chand Kataria, BJP state president and MLA Satish Poonia to send out Rathore once following the arrangement made by the Speaker, after which he himself would ask the ruling party to propose revocation of his suspension.However the opposition continued to ignore the speaker.
On the Speaker’s directions, the parliamentary affairs minister moved another proposal withdrawing the earlier resolution against Rathore. This too was passed by voice vote.
Earlier, the state assembly session started on Monday with a rukus as due to the absence of Question Hour and Zero Hour in the House, the House started with the presentation of the Report of the Work Advisory Committee on behalf of Chief Mahesh Joshi. The opposition boycotted the Business Advisory Committee meeting over the government decision to bring new Bills.
The discussion first started on the Rajasthan Goods and Sales Service Tax (Second Amendment) 2020. During the debate, Leader of Opposition Gulab Chand Kataria and Deputy Leader of Opposition Rajendra Rathore took a jibe at the government.
Deputy Leader of Opposition Rajendra Rathore said that the concept of ‘One Nation One Tax’ has been implemented throughout the country. Referring to the International Monetary Fund, he said that the economy declined in 4 years. The crisis has increased with Corona. GST has also decreased.Speaking on behalf of the government after the opposition objected, Minister Shanti Dhariwal said that the state government is making amendments according to the amendments made by the Center. Therefore, BJP should not object to this. He said that the Central Government brought GST in the year 2017, there were many inconsistencies in it. Since then, it has been amended 471 times. It is clear that GST was brought in haste. Dhariwal said that the state still owes 6 thousand 980 crore rupees from the Center.
It is to be noted that the government had introduced eight Bills on Friday and added five more on Monday. All were passed on Monday.
After passing the Bills, the House was adjourned sine die.