Ruckus in Gujarat Assembly as Congress, BJP exchange blows

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Speaker Rajendra Trivedi suspended Congress MLAs Pratap Dudhat and Ambarish Der from the Assembly for three years for allegedly attacking a BJP lawmaker with a microphone in the House, ANI reported. Both the children were from Madam's constituency. The Congress MLA from Rajula Amrish Der came into a defence of Madam and made his voice louder to which BJP members countered with hooting in-house. When Trivedi objected to his tone, Madam and Der rushed into the well of the House. Der questioned the Speaker's intention, for which he received a warning from the Speaker. However, the Speaker did not allow him.

Apparently agitated over something told to him by BJP MLA Jagdish Panchal, Dudhat rushed from his place towards the treasury benches, grabbed a microphone from the desk and threw it towards Jagdish Panchal.

According to party sources, soon after the Speaker announced dismissal of Komatireddy Venkat Reddy and S A Sampath Kumar and suspension of 11 others, the Congress MLAs had a brainstorming meeting at the CLP meeting hall to decide their future course of action. "Today is a blot in the history of the Gujarat Assembly", he said. Congress MLA not only insulted the speaker but also became violent in the house. We, as opposition, have every right to know about such public issues. For the last six to seven days, BJP MLA Jagdish Panchal has been uttering bad words and using foul language against me in the House. "I am sad about my behaviour in the House but not ashamed of what happened in the context of what was said about my mother", he said.

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Panchal denied the charge.

When the House reconvened at around 3.55 pm, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel moved a proposal to suspend Dudhat and Der for three years and Thakor for one year.

The Congress MLAs later met in the chamber of Leader of Opposition Paresh Dhanani for almost an hour. "They even threatened them that they would face consequences similar to Haren Pandya (a former home minister who was killed in broad daylight in Ahmedabad)", Dhanani said, adding that he would request the Speaker to make video footage of the incident public for people to see.

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