Uproar in Rajasthan Assembly over Hingonia cow deaths

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Uproarious scenes were witnessed in the Rajasthan Assembly on Friday as Opposition members stormed the well of the House demanding a CBI probe into the death of cows at the state-run Hingonia shelter, prompting Speaker Kailash Meghwal to order their eviction. As soon as the House assembled at 11.00 am, Congress members raised the issue, demanding a debate and a CBI probe into the death of cows due to alleged negligence of the caretakers.

The protesting MLAs carried placards and shouted slogans against the government. Deputy leader of Opposition Ramesh Meena and Independent MLA Hanuman Beniwal rushed towards the the Speaker’s dais. An annoyed Meghwal called the protesting MLAs “goons” and directed the marshals to evict them from the House. The MLAs also shoved and pushed the marshals as they dragged them out of the House. After they were evicted, the Speaker adjourned the House for an hour.

When the House reassembled, Leader of Opposition Rameshwar Dudi alleged that the Speaker is “acting at the behest of the Governor”. Subsequently, the Opposition members started protesting in the well of the House.

State Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rajendra Rathore said the Opposition members should follow the rules for raising their issues.

Deputy chief whip of the government in the Assembly Madan Rathore said in 2000, over 5,000 cows died under the Congress rule. “They just want to be in news. That is why they are behaving like this,” he said.

When the protesting members did not return to their seats, the Speaker adjourned the House for an hour again. Senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot was present in the House while Chief Minister Vasundara Raje gave a miss to it.

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