MP House bows to Pulwama’s heroes

Bhopal The Central Reserve Police Force personnel – martyred in Thursday’s dastardly terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama District – were paid tributes on Monday in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly that also witnessed unanimous passage of a censure motion against the cowardly assault and adjournment of proceedings for the day as a mark of respect to the departed bravehearts.

In one voice, the members averred that stringent measures are imperative for scotching out the scourge of terrorism.

Earlier, as soon as the Vidhan Sabha’s four-day-long session commenced, Speaker Narmada Prasad Prajapati led the House in remembering those who made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty.

The Speaker made obituary references to erstwhile Union ministers George Fernandes and Bhanu Prakash Singh, former parliamentarian Jeetendra Singh Bundela, ex-legislators Ghanshyam Patidar, Lokendra Singh Tomar, Mohan Singh Bundela and Krishna Vallabh Gupta.

“The sacrifice of the personnel shall never be forgotten. Among them was Constable Ashvni Kumar Kaochi who hailed from Jabalpur District,” Chief Minister Kamal Nath said. He also paid homage to the politicians.

The censure motion was brought in by Leader of the Opposition Gopal Bhargava. Erstwhile chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and other members urged that the same be passed in consentience. The Speaker proceeded in accordance with the sentiments. Following a brief silence, proceedings were adjourned till 1100 hrs on Wednesday.

No sitting is scheduled on Tuesday owing to Sant Ravidas Jayanti.

Presentation of the Third Supplementary Budget and a Vote on Account were on Monday’s agenda but stood postponed due to the adjournment. This is the second session of the state’s 15th Assembly.

The Madhya Pradesh Assembly on February 18 passed a unanimous resolution condemning the Pulwama attack on February 14 in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed.

On the first day of the session, the House also condoled the demise of senior leaders, including former defence minister George Fernandes and ex-Goa governor Bhanu Prakash Singh among others.

The House also paid tributes to former MLAs Jitendra Singh Bundela, Ghanshya Patidar, Lokendra Singh Tomar, Mohan Singh Bundela and Krishna Vallabh Gupta.

As the House assembled, Speaker Narmada Prasad Prajapati mentioned about the death of Fernandes, Singh and the former MLAs as well as the Pulwama terror attack.

Nath strongly condemned the cowardly act of terrorists in Pulwama and said “the country will always remember their sacrifice and this incident has again united the entire country including the political class.”

The Leader of Opposition Gopal Bhargava paid rich tributes to Fernandes and described him as a rare politician and trade union leader who had the capability to win elections from any part of the country.

“Born in Karnataka, he won (Lok Sabha polls) from Maharashtra and later from Bihar. Such leaders are rare in the country,” he said.

On the Pulwama attack, Bhargava suggested the House should pass a unanimous resolution to give a strong message that people of Madhya Pradesh supported the government for taking decisive action against terrorism.

He also condemned the killing of four Army personnel, including a major, during an encounter in Pulwama on February 18.

Former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan praised Fernandes and condemned the Pulwama attack.

Both Chouhan and CM Nath supported Bhargava’s suggestion of a unanimous resolution on the Pulwama attack following which it was passed in the House.

After observing a two-minute silence in memory of the slain jawans and departed leaders, the House was adjourned till February 20.

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