Opposition members tried to stop the governor in front of the speaker's chamber when he was going towards his cavalcade after addressing the Assembly
Congress members said the issue of increase in cooking gas, petrol and diesel prices was not included in the address
Himachal Pradesh Governor Bandaru Dattatreya was allegedly manhandled by some Congress members in the Assembly complex on Friday, following which five MLAs were suspended for the remainder of the Budget Session.
Speaker Vipin Parmar said the Congress MLAs, including Leader of the Opposition Mukesh Agnihotri, were suspended on a motion moved by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Bhardwaj.
The Opposition members tried to stop the governor in front of the speaker's chamber when he was going towards his cavalcade, accompanied by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and Parmar, after addressing the Assembly on the opening day of the Budget Session. The speaker said the Congress members' action was against rules.
No Congress MLA was present in the House at the time of suspension of the five MLAs.
The Assembly, which was adjourned till 2 pm on Monday earlier in the day, was reconvened at 1 pm on Friday to consider the motion moved by Bhardwaj.
While moving the motion in the House, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Bhardwaj said Chief Minister Thakur had termed the manhandling an "attack on the governor".
It reflected the frustration of Congress MLAs after the party's defeat in the recent panchayat elections, Bhardwaj added.
Besides Leader of the Opposition Agnihotri, the four other suspended MLAs are Harsh Vardhan Chauhan, Sunder Singh Thakur, Satpal Raizada and Vinay Kumar.