Gandhinagar: Leader of Opposition in Gujarat Assembly, Shaktisinh Gohil was on Friday suspended for the entire budget session, following his refusal to tender an apology in the House, over his remarks on nexus between the government and Adani Group.
Soon after the Question Hour, Minister of State for Legislative Affairs Pradipsinh Jadeja moved a motion that Gohil be suspended till he apologises to the House for his alleged remarks made two days ago in the state assembly.
The motion further said if Gohil does not tender his apology to the House he should be suspended for the entire budget session, ending on March 30.
Speaker Ganpat Vasava took the motion to voice vote and it was passed with majority amid opposition from Congress MLAs.
Gohil had on Wednesday, alleged that government was "working in collusion" with Gujarat-based Adani Group to which Parliamentary Affairs Minister Diliip Sanghani had taken exception, saying it was a personal remark against him, and demanded that Gohil apologise to the House, if not to him.
Speaker Vasava ruled the same as it was a personal remark, but the Leader of Opposition refused to apologise, saying he never made any personal remark.
In the last two days, proceedings of the state assembly were disrupted time and again on the same issue and the Speaker has adjourned the House six times in the two days.
Gohil had demanded that a three-member panel of state Congress chief Arjun Modhvadiya, Sanghani and the Speaker should recheck the house record, and decide on the issue. However, Speaker had rejected his demand by saying that he has given his ruling on the issue and the Leader of assembly has to follow it.
Miffed, the Congress moved a no-confidence motion against the Speaker on Thursday. The motion, which was signed by 19 MLAs has to be tabled in the House in next 14 days as per rule.
After coming out of the House, Gohil told media persons that there is no question of apologising for the remarks as it has already been removed from the records of proceedings by the Speaker himself.
"This is murder of democracy there is no such rule in the rule books of the assembly to force a member to apologise," he said adding Friday 's incident was unprecedented.
He further alleged that Jadeja was acting at the instance of Chief Minister Narendra Modi. He further said that this was an attempt to get the entire Opposition out of the House so that the no confidence motion against the Speaker which the Congress had moved on Thursday becomes invalid.
"But I have persuaded my colleagues not to walk out of the House and remain present during the proceedings," he said.
When asked what was the reason behind the move, Gohil said that the government wanted to stop me from exposing their nexus with the Adani group. "They knew that I had explosive material in this regard which I would have brought it in the house in the next 30 days of the session."
Gohil further said he would not seek any legal recourse on this and make an appeal to the people of Gujarat on this issue.