Swine flu: Speaker rejects adjournment motion

The Assembly witnessed an uproar on Thursday over rising number of swine flu cases in the state with the Opposition Congress trying to move an adjournment motion on the issue. The Speaker, however, rejected the demand saying the matter was already discussed.

"Every day at least five persons are dying because of swine flu and it has spread across the state. This House should discuss the urgent steps needed to contain the spread, considering its sensitivity," Congress chief whip Balvantsinh Rajput said after the Question Hour.

Congress members Bavku Unghad from Lathi, Tejashri Patel of Viramgam and Dr Anil Joshiyara from Bhiloda had submitted adjournment motions to the Speaker, seeking discussion on the steps being taken by the government, given that about 105 people have died of swine flu.

Speaker Vaju Vala rejected their demand saying the Assembly had already discussed the issue on February 21. "This House has already discussed the issue and the minister concerned has replied in detail about the steps taken by the government and how it planned to control the spread of swine flu," Vala said.

"This issue does not fall in the category of a big accident or bomb blasts...it is about rise in the incidents of swine flu. Hence, as per rules, the House (regular proceedings) cannot be adjourned," he added.

Congress members were not satisfied by the answer and continued to press for adjournment while Leader of Opposition Shankersinh Vaghela expressed concerns over the issue.

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