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BJP stages walkout demanding pension to emergency prisoners

BJP stages walkout demanding pension to emergency prisoners
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First Published: Mon, Jul 20 2009. 06 54 PM IST
Updated: Mon, Jul 20 2009. 06 54 PM IST
Jaipur: The Opposition on Monday staged a walkout in Rajasthan Legislative Assembly demanding pension to leaders who were put behind bars during emergency.
BJP leader Gulab Chand Kataria alleged that the Congress wanted to avoid the issue during the Question Hour, when Speaker Dipender Singh Shekhawat announced postponing the question listed as starred one.
The Speaker assured the House that the question was related to the home department, but Kataria sought a reply from the finance department, as the details of the matter was too lengthy it was deferred.
When home minister Shanti Dhariwal intervened that the question was related to 33-year-old emergency period, the Opposition BJP got irritated and they stood on their toes.
Dhariwal said that screening committee set on MISA (Maintenance of Internal Security Act) prisoners by the previous BJP regime was politically motivated and though the previous Raje government had announced to pay pension to MISA prisoners it did not provide any budgetary support.
He said the BJP’s demand for pension of Rs6,000 plus Rs600 for medical benefits to MISA prisoners was too high and more than the actual freedom fighters.
Dhariwal categorically said that government would not pay to them because the reports compiled by the collectors during previous Raje government was politically influenced.
This led to uproar for few minutes, and as the Speaker called for next question, the Leader of Opposition Raje staged walkout saying MISA prisoners were not less than any freedom fighters like late Indira Gandhi and Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru. BJP members did not return to the house till question hour ended.
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First Published: Mon, Jul 20 2009. 06 54 PM IST