As the opposition MLAs stayed away from the State Assembly on Wednesday, the ruling party MLAs played their role by tearing into the Ministers with embarrassing questions.
Senior BJP MLAs-Munna Singh Chauhan and Khajan Das-took the lead as they took the Urban Development Minister Madan Kaushik to task for taking the Assembly proceedings for granted.
Das was annoyed as the written answer to his question provided to him by the Vidhan sabha secretariat was different from the answer the Minister gave in the Assembly.
The Minister’s response that whatever he was saying was correct angered the senior BJP MLA Munna Singh Chauhan. He reprimanded the minister, saying that the answer provided to the member was also a part of the Assembly proceedings. The Minister had better accept his mistake instead of taking the Assembly lightly, he said.
BJP MLA from Laksar, Sanjay Gupta chipped in by commenting that Madan Kaushik was behaving autocratically like the former Chief Minister Harish Rawat.
In another instance, the first time MLA Sanjeev Arya questioned the claim of the skill development Minister Harak Singh Rawat that 8721 candidates had been recruited by local industrial units.
He said that most of the youngsters had been recruited as trainees for meagre stipend. Arya said that the private companies are inclined to remove the youngsters after the training period ends and hire fresh trainees.
The Minister assured that the companies hiring trainees would be made to take an undertaking that they would absorb the trainees as regular workers.
Another young MLA Saurabh Bahuguna said that most of the contractual workers working in the industrial units of his constituency Sitarganj are being paid much less than the minimum wages. Senior BJP member Chandan Ram Das put the environment and forest minister Harak Singh Rawat on the dock when he blamed the forest department for not acting on the Chief Minister’s declaration of setting up monkey cages in all the districts to curb the menace being posed by the simians.
Rawat admitted his ignorance of the CM’s declaration made during the Gairsain Assembly session.