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Congress continues creating ruckus on fish issue in the House

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Panaji: The opposition benches  today continued disrupting the proceedings of the State Legislative Assembly session for the third day today demanding to consider the Adjournment motion moved by them.

The Opposition benches which comprises of the Congress party moved a fresh Adjournment motion today after their earlier request was disallowed by the Speaker Pramod Sawant.

The monsoon session of Goa Legislative Assembly which began on Thursday has been witnessing noisy scenes with Congress party demanding that House should suspend all the business and consider the motion tabled by them to discuss the issue of formalin found in fish.

State has currently banned imports of fish after Food and Drugs Administration had confirmed that there was formalin found in the fish samples tested from a wholesale fish market in Margao town on July 12.

When the session assembled today, the opposition benches began making noise during the Question Hour disrupting the proceedings.

“This is an issue of 15 lakh people of the State. We need discussion on the issue. Our Adjournment motion which we have moved today should be admitted and discussion should be held on formalin being laced on the fish which is imported in Goa,” Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar told the Speaker.

The Speaker however refused to entertain the Adjournment motion and pointed out that a Calling Attention motion on the same issue was on the agenda for the day.

BJP Legislator Nilesh Cabral and Congress’ Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco had moved Calling Attention motion on this issue, which was on the agenda for the day today.

The Speaker also quoted ruling of his predecessor Pratapsinh Rane, who is incidently one of the Congress legislator now, which has said that it is prerogative of the chair to allow such motion.

Sawant disallowed the motion stating that same motion cannot be tabled twice during the assembly. He pointed out that same motion was tabled last week which was disallowed too.

“I have received notice of adjournment  motion to discuss about fish sold in Goa which has been contaminated. On this subject, the matter of calling attention is received and same is moved in the House,” the speaker said giving his ruling.

“The Calling Attention motion is scheduled today and chief minister will reply to it. Today, members will have ample time to discuss the same,” Sawant said.

The Opposition benches however continued creating ruckus and did not allow Question Hour to function. State Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai who had got up to answer the question could not do it because of the noise.

Responding to the noise on the floor of the House, Sardesai said “there is chaos created to defame some members of the House.”

“There are certain allegations are made and not substantiated. This is mobocracy which is ruling the roost. House should decide how much activism which is going across the board should be tolerated in Goa. This is something for the house to debate,” he added.

As the noise continued, Speaker adjourned the proceedings of the House till 12.30 noon.

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