Unruly scenes in HP House over CM family's stakes in Tarini
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Pandemonium prevailed in the Assembly on Friday with opposition BJP resorting to strong protests to press its adjournment motion to discuss corruption charges against Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his family members' stakes in Vakamulla Chander Shekhar's firm Tarini Infrastructure Ltd.
The House witnessed slogans, unruly scenes, heated exchanges and interruptions as Speaker BBL Butail, who rejected the BJP motion, unsuccessfully tried to restore order after a war of words broke out between the opposition and ruling party MLAs.
Immediately after the Speaker announced that he had rejected the motion, the BJP MLAs entered the well of the House and trooped close to the treasury benches to continue their protests refusing to listen to the Speaker's requests to return to their seats.
The scenes could have turned really ugly when Power Minister Sujan Singh Pathania, finding the interruption too provocative, unsuccessfully tried to pull out the mike from his table to hit shouting BJP members. Other MLAs stopped him.
Some Congress MLAs -- Sanjay Rattan, Ajay Mahajan, Rakesh Kalia, Vinay Kumar -- and two independents Rajender Rana and Pawan Kajal stood close to Pathania to counter the BJP aggression.
Trouble started early in the day when the House was convened after BJP MLA Rikhi Ram Kaundal wanted to know fate of the adjournment motion tabled by 14 BJP MLAs .He waved copies of newspapers and some loose papers and said there were serious allegations against the Chief Minister and his family members.
"It's a very serious issue and we must know the decision of the Chair so that a discussion is taken up by the House," he told the Speaker.
On Thursday, former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal's son Arun Singh had released some papers relating to Virbhadra Singh' s family members -- Pratibha Singh (wife), Vikramaditya Singh (son) and Aparjita Singh (daughter) -- allegedly owning a total of 9.80 lakh shares in the company of Delhi businessman Vakamulla Chander Shekhar .
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