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BJP Walkout, Disrupts Governor’s Address

SHIMLA, February 5, Somitr Keshav: The Budget session started in the Himachal House on a stormy note with BJP members walking out during the Governor Urmila Singh’s Address. As the Governor was about to end her Address, the BJP MLAs left the House and continued raising slogans.

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh condemned the action of BJP members and said that it was against the parliamentary practice. It appears that the BJP legislators do not have faith in the parliamentary democracy. The walkout was also an insult to the Governor. If the BJP had some issues, they should have raised those during the debates and discussions in the House.

“Instead of resorting to walkouts, the BJP should debate on facts,” he added.

He said that the government would present the budget and the House would also run smoothly and hoped that the practice of disrupting the proceedings and important discussions would not be repeated.

Speaker Brij Bihari Butail also disapproved of the action of the BJP members. He said he had assured the members at an all-party meeting that ample time would be given to members to raise various issues, but they chose to leave the house in the midst of the Governor’s Address.

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