Shimla: On the seventh day of budget session of Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha, the opposition BJP again boycotted the session.
As the house assembled, Speaker Brij Bihari Lal Butail noted the absence of the opposition members. Replying to the budget debate, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh slammed the BJP for remaining absent from the house. He said that it’s for the first time that the opposition has not only interrupted the governor’s address but also boycotted the budget speech and discussions thereon. He termed it against the traditions of democracy.
Virbhadra Singh termed it as a move to pressurise the government on the inquiries into acts of omission and commission and wrongdoings in the previous BJP regime. However, CM made clear that Govt won’t buckle down to their pressure tactic and guilty will be punished with the law of the land.
On the other hand BJP reiterated its demand of apology from Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh for his reported ‘bounded labour’ remark against opposition legislatures. BJP state spokesperson Ganesh Dutt, in a press conference at Shimla, said that if CM apologies opposition will take part in the session proceedings. He accused CM for deliberately targeting opposition members and termed it a calculated move from Cong to avoid opposition over the corruption charges against Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.