Diggy's tweets rocks MP Assembly

Bhopal : The Madhya Pradesh Assembly was today rocked over the issue of tweets by Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh, suggesting that the main opposition Congress should raise the issue of Simhastha-related corruption more vigorously in the House, leading to an adjournment. Mr Singh had also provided a link to a newspaper report that mentioned that the Congress is silent over corruption in Simhastha and that the Deputy Leader of the Opposition Bala Bachchan has been fixed. Raising the issue through a point of order soon after the Zero Hour, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Nartottam Mishra said that certain Congress leaders are upset over a Scheduled Tribe (ST) leader being elevated to the post of the Deputy Leader of the Opposition on the basis of his own abilities.

These tweets are intended to corner him and get him removed. Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Gopal Bhargava described the tweets as an insult to parliamentary democracy wherein someone who is not a member of the House is raising questions over the wisdom of its members. He also called it a breach of privilege. Several Congress members, including Ramniwas Rawat and Tarun Bhanot stood up and created a ruckus over the issue. Heated exchanges were witnessed from both sides. Speaker Sitasaran Sharma urged members to maintain calm and reserved his ruling on the point of order. Meanwhile, Mr Rawat raised a point of order stating that the Parliamentary Affairs Minister has raised an issue that was not related to the House. He said that the former chief minister had tweeted about Simhastha and not issued directives to someone.

He alleged that Mr Mishra has raised the issue to force an adjournment. Mr Bahnot (Congress) said that freedom to tweet could not be snatched away. He raised the issue of newspaper reports that claimed that the Chief Minister has directed to not allow senior member Babulal Gaur to speak in the House. Forest Minister Gaurishankar Shejwar and Mr Bachchan tried to speak something but could not make their point due to the bedlam. Amid the din, the Speaker adjourned the House for sometime. Meanwhile, Mr Bachchan, while talking to media in the Vidhan Sabha premises, described Mr Singh as a mentor. However, he said that he would speak to him and make up for any inadequacy. Congress member and Mr Singh’s son Jaivaradhan Singh, while talking to media in the Vidhan Sabha premises, asked whether a former chief minister and senior leader could not provide his suggestions. He said that Mr Bachchan was doing his work efficiently and he had raised issues of Simhastha in the House.

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