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Himachal Pradesh crisis: Speaker reserves order on Congress’s petition to disqualify 6 disgruntled MLAs

Earlier, the Vidhan Sabha was adjourned sine die after passing budget for 2024-25

Himachal Pradesh crisis: Speaker reserves order on Congress’s petition to disqualify 6 disgruntled MLAs

The upset win of BJP’s Harsh Mahajan to the state’s Rajya Sabha seat on Tuesday following cross-voting had put a question mark over the Sukhvinder Sukhu government. PTI



Tribune News Service

Shimla, February 28

Himachal Pradesh Speaker Kuldeep Singh Pathania on Wednesday reserved his order on a Congress petition seeking disqualification of six party MLAs who cross-voted in the Rajya Sabha election.

The six MLAs also face the possibility of disqualification on another count.

Speaking in the Assembly, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Harshwardhan Chauhan said a whip was issued to the party MLAs to be present in the House during voting Wednesday on budget. But these MLAs defied it by staying away, he added.

The minister asked the Speaker to take note of it. The Speaker said the matter is in his knowledge and he will take cognisance of it.

The MLAs had cross-voted for BJP candidate Harsh Mahajan during the Rajya Sabha elections on Tuesday, leading to the defeat of their party candidate Abhishek Manu Singhvi.

The Congress has accused the six MLAs of defying the earlier whip on the Rajya Sabha polls.

Senior advocate Satya Pal Jain, who represented the six MLAs before the Speaker on Wednesday, has asserted that a party whip does not apply in the case of Rajya Sabha polls.

Jain also argued that the MLAs were only given the notice and the copy of the Congress’ petition while other annexure were not supplied to them.

He said according to rules, seven days’ time has to be given to the MLAs for filing the reply. He said there are five or six conditions under the anti-defection law, including seven days’ time for reply, which have to be complied with.

He asserted that the anti-defection law does not apply on voting in Rajya Sabha polls, and added that the Supreme Court has repeatedly said it.

“We have urged the Speaker to give at least one week’s time as per the principle of natural justice for filing the reply,” Jain added. 

Later, the disgruntled legislators returned to Chandigarh.

Earlier, the Vidhan Sabha was adjourned sine die after the passing of budget for 2024-25 and related Appropriation Bill authorising the government to spend Rs 6,24,21.73 crore from the consolidated fund.

There was utter chaos in the Budget Session following the latest political developments in the state politics.

Amid speculation about the CM’s resignation, Sukhvinder Sukhu's Sukhvinder Sukhu rubbished rumours.

The upset win of BJP’s Harsh Mahajan to the state’s Rajya Sabha seat on Tuesday following cross-voting had put a question mark over the Sukhvinder Sukhu government. —with PTI

 

16:47 28 Feb
Himachal Congress MLAs return to Panchkula; disembark from helicopter at Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex

Six Congress Himachal Pradesh's legislators, who cross-voted in the Rajya Sabha elections on Tuesday, returned to Haryana's Panchkula after attending the Budget Session of the Assembly. All the MLAs disembarked from helicopter at Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex.

15:47 28 Feb
Himachal Vidhan Sabha adjourned sine die after passing budget for 2024-25

Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha was on Wednesday adjourned sine die after the passing of budget for 2024-25 and related Appropriation Bill authorising the government to spend Rs 6,24,21.73 crore from the consolidated fund.

The Budget was passed in the absence of BJP members as 15 of them were suspended and the remaining 10 staged a walkout in protest.

The Vidhan Sabha was adjourned a day ahead of schedule as political scenario changed dramatically after defeat of Congress candidate Abhishek Manu Singhvi in Rajya Sabha elections on Tuesday and announcement of resignation by Public Works Minister Vikramaditya Singh from the Sukhu cabinet.

The budget was presented on February 17 by Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, who also holds the finance portfolio.

Discussions on the budget were held for four days from February 19 to 22. PTI  

14:39 28 Feb
Budget passed through voice vote

Speaker says staying in the house despite his ruling of suspension of the 15 legislators will be taken up.

Speaker puts the budget proposals for 2024-25 for voting. The budget is passed through voice vote.

14:28 28 Feb
Negi condemns BJP MLAs behaviour in House

Revenue Minister Jagat Singh Negi condemns BJP MLAs behaviour of throwing papers from the Speaker’s desk. Says BJP trying to intimidate everyone, including during the polling for Rajya Sabha election.

Negi said BJP president Rajeev Bindal tried to push his way into the polling area when voting for Rajya Sabha was on. He says when they have been suspended from the house they have no business staying inside the assembly. He says BJP believes in enticing opposition and use all unfair means to destabilise duly elected government.

14:26 28 Feb
House reconvenes after lunch

Jai Ram Thakur says house is directionless and it’s been over 1 hour since the house had to reconvene after being adjourned.

He said suspension can be ordered only if the house is disrupted and we are willing to ensure smooth conduct of the house.

He said all rules have been overlooked making mockery of democracy. He said opposition members have been suspended only to facilitate passing of the budget as they do not have numbers in their favour.

He said if the Budget is not passed then the government will fall.

He said there is total anarchy.

12:57 28 Feb
7 MLAs removed from House

Four MLAs, including Janak Raj, Ranbir Singh Nikka, Balbir Verma and Surinder Shourie, removed by Marshalls as most MLAs cordon Jai Ram.

Two more MLAs Han’s Raj and Puran Chand also removed from house. Marshalls request MLAs with folded hands to leave the house. Marshalls remove Inder Singh Gandhi.

12:48 28 Feb
Speculations CM Sukhu has tendered his resignation

Even as there are speculations that CM Sukhu has tendered his resignation to the party high command, but he will continue to remain in office till the Budget is passed.

12:18 28 Feb
6 Congress MLAs and 3 Independents arrive in House

The six Congress MLAs and three Independents arrive in the house amidst thumping of tables by BJP.

BJP raises slogans of ‘Jai Sri Ram, Ho gaya kaam’.

Jai Ram tells the nine MLAs that 15 BJP MLAs had been suspended.

Speaker has not arrived even after adjournment of the House till noon.

Marshals surround Jai Ram Thakur, asking him to leave the house. MLAs ask them not to touch Leader of Opposition.

Jai Ram says the government is in minority. Says he will not leave till the Speaker comes to the house.

12:17 28 Feb
Written order, suspending 15 BJP MLAs, handed over to Jai Ram Thakur

Written order from the Speaker, suspending 15 BJP MLAs handed over to Leader of Opposition Jai Ram Thakur. Suspension orders handed over individually to each of the 15 MLAs.

12:15 28 Feb
Vikramaditya Singh arrives in House with Deputy CM Mukesh Agnihotri

Vikramaditya Singh arrives in the house with Deputy CM Mukesh Agnihotri.

11:44 28 Feb
BJP leaders threaten marshals not to touch any MLA

Marshals enter the house in large numbers urging the suspended 15 BJP MLAs to leave the house. Opposition demands written order from the Speaker. BJP leaders threaten the Marshalls not to touch any MLA. They say the government will be ousted within no time.

11:30 28 Feb
15 expelled BJP MLAs

The 15 BJP MLA’s expelled include Jai Ram Thakur, Vipin Parmar, Randhir Sharma, Hans Raj, Vinod Kumar, Janak Raj, Balbir Verma, Lokinder Kumar, Trilok Jamwal, Surinder Shourie, Puran Chand, Dalip Thakur, Inder Singb Gandhi, Ranbir Nikka and Deep Raj.

11:29 28 Feb
Vikramaditya Singh absent

Vikramaditya Singh after resigning does not come to the house.

Marshals enter the house and surround the BJP MLAs amidst complete pandemonium with counter sloganeering

Speaker adjourns the house. BJP MLAs climb to the Speakers chair and throw his papers all around.

11:27 28 Feb
Complete pandemonium

Amidst complete pandemonium and sloganeering, Opposition moves to the well of the house.

Speaker orders Marshall’s to forcefully remove the 15 BJP legislators out of the house. Opposition MLAs stand around the Speaker’s podium and continue raising slogans.

11:26 28 Feb
Speaker disqualifies 15 MLAs

Speaker disqualifies 15 legislators for misbehaving with the Speaker. Six Congress and three Independent MLA’s do not come to the assembly.

Ruling party moved proposal under Rule 319 to disqualify the 15 BJP legislators. Speaker asks the 15 legislators to leave the house or they will be removed from the house.

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