INLD man files case against Cong leader

The Haryana assembly touched a new low on Thursday after an INLD member, Jagdish Nayyar, filed a complaint with the Chandigarh Police against Congress MLA Raghuvir Singh Kadian allegedly for using casteist remarks and threatening to kill him in the House.

The day, which saw heated exchange of words between the treasury and the Opposition benches over an adjournment motion on whether INLD supremo and former Chief Minister Om prakash Chautala should continue as the Leader of the Opposition, ended with the INLD accusing the Speaker, Kuldeep Sharma, of threatening a Dalit member, Krishan Panwar. A Congress MLA, Naresh Sharma, was also accused of using caste based remarks against INLD's Phool Singh Kheri.

Earlier, the INLD members wanted the Speaker to first list an adjournment motion submitted by the party on irregularities committed in purchase of land by Vadra's Skylight Hospitality. However, the treasury benches made wanted the motion on Chautala to be discussed first.

Amid chaos, the Speaker allowed Congress' Raghuvir Kadian to speak leading to protests from INLD members. An irate Kadian took on INLD's Narendra Sangwan, who was standing behind him, saying, "gali gali ka chor nahi hun. Khandani Aadmi hun, tu hatt, hatt, tu hatt".

Another INLD member, Jagdish Nayyar, also exchanged some heated words with Kadian and later alleged that the Congress member made casteist remarks and threatened to kill him.

The chaos in the House escalated after Naresh Sharma, another Congress member, took on the shouting INLD members saying, "chor machaye shor" and "jaisi karni, vaisi bharni." At this Chautala's son and Ellenabad MLA, Abhay Chautala, got up thumping his desk and questioned the impartiality of the Speaker in allowing members to speak.

Later, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala, came up with a rustic Haryanvi snub, targeting the INLD in general and Abhay in particular. "Khaagar taade bhi aur bhaage bhi (An intoxicated bull (Khaagar) stares you down but runs away when you confront it)," he said.

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