BJP’s demand of adjournment motion on law and order rejected in House

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As main opposition in Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), strongly raised the issue of deteriorating law and order situation of state in the House, ruling Congress found itself at the crossroads.

The BJP Legislators alleged in the House that Chhattisgarh, a peaceful state once upon a time, is turning into a safe haven for criminals. National and international gangs are operating criminal activities in the state, they alleged in the House. However, Home Minister Tamradhawaj Sahu rejected all the charges made by the Opposition members.

BJP MLAs Brijmohan Agrawal, Dr Raman Singh, Shivratan Sharma, Ajay Chandrakar along with Janta Congress Chhattisgarh (J) leader Dharamjit Singh, while moving an adjournment motion notice, raised the issue of law and order and demanded immediate discussion on it. Speaker Dr Charan Das Mahant read the adjournment motion notice in the House. The notice cited numerous examples of heinous crimes like rape, gang-rape, murder, etc., mentioned that the law and order situation in the state has virtually collapsed. The state has been constantly witnessing the incidents of murder, rape, kidnapping, forgery and loot and several other crimes but unfortunately the state government has remained a mute spectator and their conviction has remained limited to papers and statements made by Ministers.

The BJP Legislators alleged through the Motion that national and international professional gangs of miscreants are being allowed to flourish in the state. Citing instances where even ruling party Legislators had criticized the police for its inaction, the BJP Legislators gave account of several incidents of murders and other offences occurred in the recent past and claimed that people are living in fear.

Home Minister Sahu while countering the charges said in his written statement that the state police have been taking action with full sensitivity and sincerity. In all the cases outlined by the opposition in the House, police have conducted serious investigation and in most of the incidents, the accused have been arrested, he added. Sahu said it is incorrect to state that the law and order situation has collapsed in the state and criminals have no fear of police. But the fact is that police are very much sensitive and serious and orders have been given to file charge sheet within the stipulated time after the arrest of the accused.

Police have filed charge-sheet in several cases within 24 hours to 3 days of the occurrence of the crime due to which in many cases, the accused were also awarded punishment amounting to life imprisonment after the hearing within 10 to 50 days in courts, the Home Minister said adding that with all these efforts, the government has gained confidence of the people.

        However, participating in the discussions on the admissibility of the adjournment motion notice, the BJP Legislators including Brijmohan Agrawal, Ajay Chandrakar, Shivratan Sharma, Dr Raman Singh accused the Congress government of having failed on the law and order front. They alleged that the type of crimes which are taking place nowadays, had never taken place earlier. Due to negligence of state government and political patronage Mafia Raaj is being established in the state. Today illicit liquor is being sold in the state along with drugs which is abetting criminal incidents. Chhattisgarh is among the top ten states in child abduction. They also alleged that the whole administrative set up is being run on contract and senior administrative and police officials are posted with recovery targets.

Amidst discussion, the Motion was rejected by the Speaker. This enraged Opposition BJP as the Motion was rejected even before Leader of Opposition Dharamlal Kaushik got a chance to speak. BJP Legislators trouped into the Well of the House shouting slogans that the voice of opposition is being suppressed. Automatically all the BJP Legislators were suspended from the House. Later, their suspension was revoked by the Speaker.

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