BJP, Congress MLAs exchange blows in Gujarat Assembly

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Speaker Rajendra Trivedi suspended Congress MLAs Pratap Dudhat and Ambarish Der from the Assembly for three years for allegedly attacking a BJP lawmaker with a microphone in the House, ANI reported.

Senior Congress legislator Vikram Madam tried to raise a question and participate in the issue but was repeatedly shouted down by the members from treasury benches. "Wrongdoings of Congress MLAs Vikram Madam, Pratap Dudhat and Ambrish Der have been recorded by the CCTV cameras in the House and we are going to request the Speaker to make it accessible to the media", deputy chief minister Nitin Patel told reporters. However, Madam refused to give in and other legislators from his party, Ambrish Der and Virji Thumar, rushed towards the well of the House. Trivedi then suspended both the Congress MLAs for the day and they were taken out of the Assembly by the marshals.

A verbal duel between some legislators from BJP and Congress ensued and suddenly Congress legislator Pratap Dudhat was seen rushing towards BJP's Jagdish Panchal with a microphone, which he then hurled at Panchal, missing him narrowly.

BJP has registered an official complaint with the Assembly Speaker seeking disciplinary action against the Congress MLA for the assault. Meanwhile, BJP MLA Jagdish Panchal commented on Der which offended him and the latter went to the Well of the house, broke the mic and threw it at Panchal. BJP MLAs immediately surrounded Der and started beating him up, and he fell on the floor. Later, Dudhat claimed he lost his cool after Panchal used unparliamentary language and invoked names of his mother and sister.

Panchal, along with other BJP MLAs, registered an official complaint with the Speaker.

"This is a shameful incident which has never happened in the history of Gujarat assembly".

Congress Deputy Leader in the House Shailesh Parmar said, "I am not trying to save Pratapbhai Dudhat". The entire opposition Congress staged a walkout after the strong action by the Speaker.

According to the ruling, the suspended legislators would not be allowed to enter the Assembly premises for the term of suspension.

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