Porngate: Congress MLAs suspended for 4th day

Gandhinagar: Congress MLAs in the Gujarat assembly were suspended for the fourth straight working day today for disrupting the functioning of the House to demand dismissal of two BJP legislators for allegedly watching porn. The porngate controversy has refused to die down despite the Forensic Science Laboratory giving a clean chit to the ruling party MLAs with the main Opposition creating a ruckus, forcing adjournment of the House thrice.

Today, the Congress MLAs wore black banners to the assembly with slogans emblazoned on them demanding dismissal of the two BJP legislators accused of watching obscene pictures. Despite repeated pleas by Speaker Ganpat Vasava to remove the banners hung around their necks, the defiant Congress MLAs refused to oblige and chanted slogans in support of their demand, forcing the chair to adjourn the House thrice. When the house reassembled after the second adjournment, Minister of State for Legislative Affairs Pradeepsinh Jadeja moved a motion seeking suspension of the Congress MLAs for "disregarding" the Speaker.

Jadeja said that despite a ruling by the Speaker and his repeated requests, the Congress MLAs had not removed the banners and moved a motion seeking their suspension for disregarding the Chair. The motion was passed by a voice vote and the house adjourned for the third time till lunch amid noisy scenes.

The proceedings got drowned in the din from the word go with Congress legislators insisting on dismissal of BJP MLAs Shankar Chaudhary and Jetha Bharwad, facing a probe by the Privileges Committee after being accused of watching lurid pictures on an iPad. The House had to be adjourned hardly 4-5 minutes into the day`s sitting. When it met again after adjournment, Jadeja raised a point of order against the Congress MLAs, saying sporting banners amounted to "dishonouring" the House and was against the rules. He demanded action against them for showing utter disregard for the Speaker.