While opposition raised the issue of dead employees’ transfer, BJP said Cong had transferred lakhs & were raising a pointless argument in the Budget Session
The Hush Post: Ever heard of a dead employee being transferred! The second day of the budget session in the Himachal Pradesh Assembly was a tumultuous one with opposition legislators staging a walkout from the House over this very issue.
There were allegations that large scale transfers of government employees took place. And the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and opposition Congress MLAs traded charges on the same. The opposition legislators staged a walkout alleging that even dead employees were shown as transferred. The Opposition alleged that the BJP government had transferred more than 20,000 employees in their two month tenure. However, they could not put a number to the dead employees who were shown as transferred.
The issue was raised soon after question hour in the Vidhan Sabha after the Speaker Ravi Bindal took up an adjournment notice from Congress MLA Harshwardhan Chauhan demanding suspension of business to discuss the issue.
Strongly condemning the walkout, law and parliamentary affairs minister Suresh Bhardwaj claimed that over 5 lakh employees were transferred during the Congress regime. Himachal Pradesh Chief minister Jai Ram Thakur also criticised the behavior of Congress legislators. “I am hurt by the manner in which the Congress legislators are behaving in the House and seeking adjournment over non-serious issues under rule 67,” he said while speaking to Hindustan Times.
“It’s just that the Congress is trying to make a mockery of rule 67 which is used for seeking adjournments on serious issues of immediate concern. It is not necessary that what happened in the past will happen now,” he said, taking a jibe at his predecessor Virbhadra Singh. I am ready to place records over the transfers made during the Congress rule.”
“I feel that the beginning of session has not been good. Our government is open to take forward the matter through discussion,” the CM said.
Prior in the day the Congress Legilative Party leader Mukesh Agnihotri came down strongly against the CM’s assertion that his government would not buckle under any pressure and would not make amendments in Section 118 of the Land Tenancy Act.