Raipur: The monsoon session of Chhattisgarh Assembly witnessed chaos over a Congress MLA’s allegations against the state's health minister TS Singh Deo that he has a threat to his life from the latter. Due to heavy clatter, the Speaker had to adjourn the House twice.
The main opposition BJP MLAs said that it is a very serious matter to allege that the minister of his own government is facing threat to his life. Opposition BJP demanded a probe by the House Committee terming the allegations as of “serious nature”.
Senior BJP MLA Brijmohan Agarwal said during Zero Hour that yesterday ruling party MLA Brihaspat Singh said that Minister T.S. Singhdeo wants to kill me. This is the first such kind of case in the history of the country that an MLA, putting serious allegations of minister of his own government. A video has also been released in this regard. If you say I can put it on the table.
Raising the same issue in the assembly, BJP MLA Ajay Chandrakar said, the allegations are of serious nature as a ruling party MLA, Brihaspat Singh, has accused his own government’s minister of trying to get him killed.
“When a ruling party legislator is not feeling safe in his party’s government, then how can opposition members feel protected. It is the matter of safety of each and every MLA and therefore, the House should take suo moto cognizance of the matter and get it probed by a committee of the House”, they said.
Leader of Opposition Dharamlal Kaushik further said it is an unfortunate incident for Congress as well as the entire state as such allegations had never been leveled by a lawmaker in the history of the state.
When Assembly Speaker Charan Das Mahant asked Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ravindra Chaubey to present the state government’s stand on the issue, BJP members raised objections.
BJP MLAs said “when an allegation hurled at a minister, it puts the entire cabinet in question. The MLA has also alleged that he is the target because of his statement over the Chief Minister's post. Instead of the parliamentary affairs minister, Brihaspat Singh and TS Singh Deo, who were present in the House, and those MLAs who visited Singh’s house (on Sunday) should speak on the issue”.
Subsequently, the assembly speaker said the principle of natural justice says both sides should be given a chance to speak as he had given an opportunity to opposition members to speak, the same chance should be given to the treasury bench.
The BJP’s MLA continued demanding a probe by a House Committee triggering an uproar in the House following which the speaker adjourned the House for five minutes.
After the House resumed, the BJP legislators again raised the issue.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Bhupesh Bahgel said it is the responsibility of the state government to ensure protection to each member of the house and his government will provide complete security to them.
Amid the chaos, the speaker adjourned the House for lunch.
When the House assembled, the BJP MLAs sought Singh Deo and Brihspat Singh should speak on the issue in the assembly following which the speaker said he will look into it on Tuesday.
Brihaspat Singh, a legislator from Ramanujganj seat, on Sunday had alleged that a vehicle in his convoy was allegedly attacked in Ambikapur town of Surguja district at the behest of the Health Minister on Saturday evening.
He claimed that the reason behind the attack is that he had praised Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and said he will continue to be CM of the state, which was not liked by Singh Deo.
Singh said three persons, one of them said to be a distant relative of the minister, were behind the alleged attack. He accused that the alleged attack happened in the direction of the minister and he was the target of the attack.
Singh Deo, who represents the Surguja constituency, however, had said that people in his area and in the state know about him very well as his image is in the public domain, and he has nothing to say more on the issue.
The CM post-sharing formula has been the talking point in Chhattisgarh''s political circle after Congress came to power in December 2018 when Baghel and his two senior cabinet colleagues T S Singh Deo and Tamradhwaj Sahu were leading contenders for the top post. Since then speculations were rife that consensus was built for the top post based on a two-and-a-half-year power-sharing formula between Baghel and Singh Deo.