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MP lawmakers create history by working for over 22 hours

The Madhya Pradesh lawmakers have created history by working for over 22 hours through the weekend.

The proceedings of the Legislative Assembly began on Saturday at 11 a.m. and continued for 12 hours barring two brief adjournments in the morning.

For the first time in the 63-year history of the Vidhan Sabha, the business was conducted on a Sunday. The Question Hour began on Sunday morning less than 12 hours after Saturday’s adjournment.

During the continuous meeting for nearly 12 hours on Saturday, Question Hour, Zero Hour, Call-attention and other government business was conducted.

During the discussion on the energy department, allegations against the ruling party Congress and the main Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members on the issue of power supply and bill related issues were taken up.

In the meantime, after discussions, grants and demands of different departments were passed.

The current session started on July 8 and is expected to continue till July 26.

Making up for holiday on July 15 and 16, it was decided to hold the assembly sittings on Saturdays and Sundays. The sittings continued till after 6 p.m. on Sunday.

(IANS)

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BJP not taking action against erring lawmakers: Priyanka

A day after BJP MP Ram Shankar Katheria’s bodyguard was booked for beating up a toll plaza staff in Uttar Pradesh’s Agra, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday took a swipe at the BJP government for not taking action against its lawless lawmakers.

“After winning the elections, the BJP leaders instead of serving the people, are beating people. Some high on power thrash officials with bat while some open fire and beat up toll staff with sticks on being asked for toll fee… Is there any chance of strict action against them?” she tweeted in Hindi.

On Saturday, CCTV footage from a toll booth on the inner ring road in Agra went viral on the social media in which Etawah MP’s security staff was seen beating up a toll employee and firing in the air.

According to sources, the toll plaza employee had asked for payment for all the vehicles in the MP’s convoy. The victim later lodged a complaint against the MP and his security personnel at Etmadpur Police Station.

Agra’s Senior Superintendent of Police Bablu Kumar said an FIR has been registered on the basis of the complaint and the CCTV footage was being investigated to find out the truth.

In June, BJP General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya’s son, Akash Vijayvargiya, who is also a party legislator from Madhya Pradesh, hit an Indore Municipality employee with a cricket bat to protest against a demolition drive.

The junior Vijayvargiya was arrested, but released on bail three days later.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned Akash Vijayvargiya’s actions at a BJP parliamentary party meeting, saying: “Errant leaders have no place in the BJP.”

(IANS)

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Punjab lawmakers assure support to Sikhs in Meghalaya

A high-level delegation, which has been rushed to Shillong by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, on Wednesday assured the Punjabi settlers there of full support to protect their fundamental rights.

The delegation, led by Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, met many members of the Sikh community settled in Meghalaya and is scheduled to meet Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Thursday.

“The Punjab government will take all possible steps to bring the current dispute to an amicable settlement,” said Randhawa, adding that infringement of the civil rights of the Sikhs settled in Shillong for over 200 years would not be allowed at any cost.

Randhawa added that Amarinder Singh was personally in touch with his Meghalyan counterpart and was monitoring the situation closely.

Appreciating Chief Minister Conrad Sangma for his efforts to diffuse the tension, Randhawa said Amarinder Singh had taken serious view of the media reports of threats being issued to Sikhs in Shillong, and had spoken to Sangma urging him to ensure foolproof security and safety of all the families.

The local Sikhs told the delegation that the administration had dubbed the area where they were settled as a slum and wanted them to evict the place.

The local Sikhs had contributed immensely to the state of Meghalaya and should be integrated, the delegation felt.

The delegation also visited Gurdwara Nanak Darbar, where gurdwara President Gurjeet Singh apprised them of the lease status of the premises and complained that attempts were being by the incumbent government in Meghalaya to forcibly evict them.

The gurdwara management had filed a contempt petition in the Meghalaya High Court, Gurjeet told the delegation.

Apart from Randhawa, the delegation includes MP Jasbir Singh Dimpa and MLAs Kulbir Singh Zira and Kuldeep Singh Vaid and Special Secretary (planning) D.S. Mangat.

(IANS)