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Cong MLAs stage dharna outside U'khand Vidhan Sabha Bhawan

Press Trust of India  |  Dehradun 

Opposition Wednesday staged a dharna outside the gate of Vidhan Sabha Bhawan after a was not permitted to enter its precincts in an vehicle.

As MLA arrived at the Vidhan Bhawan to attend the second day's proceedings of the Assembly's ongoing winter session he was intercepted by a who asked him to produce a vehicle pass.

Mahra said the vehicle belonged to the assurance committee of the assembly and a pass was not required. The police official, however, insisted on a pass and asked the MLA to get down and walk into the

This enraged the MLA who sat on a dharna outside the gate of the building in protest demanding the suspension of the in question.

He was immediately joined by of Opposition and other party legislators, including Pradesh Pritam Singh, former and

With the entire Opposition staging a dharna, came out to persuade the Congress MLAs to call off the protest and attend the proceedings of the state assembly in public interest.

He assured them that the incident will be probed and the guilty will be punished.

However, the Opposition MLAs refused to budge demanding immediate action against the official.

Mahra alleged that the tiff at the gate was stage-managed as he was going to question the state government's failure to appoint a Lokayukta despite its much publicised zero tolerance to corruption on the floor of the and the did not have the guts to face the difficult question.

"The is evasive. It did not want the proceedings of the to go on smoothly today as it had no answer to the questions of the Opposition," he said.

of Opposition Hridayesh, who is the senior most member of the assembly, said she had never seen something like this being done to a in her long legislative career.

Insisting on not calling off the dharna, she said it was no use attending the proceedings of an assembly which cannot respect its members.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 14:30 IST
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