Cong stages walkout over women’s safety in MP Assembly


Agencies, Bhopal The principal-opposition Congress today staged a walkout in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly over the issue of women’s safety in the wake of a college student – vexed by molestation – committing suicide in the state capital. Raising the issue during the Zero Hour, Mr Ramniwas Rawat (Cong) sought a discussion on the issue through an adjournment motion. Speaker Sitasaran Sharma assured that he would take a decision on the matter today. However, Mr Rawat persisted on his demand. Leader of the Opposition Ajay Singh said that protests are being staged in the city over the incident. The regime should stop the proceedings and initiate a discussion on the issue. Opposition members stuck to their demand and staged a walkout alleging that the dispensation was not serious on women’s security. Earlier, Mr Jitu Patwari (Cong) raised the issue of women’s safety during the Question Hour. “What are the steps that the Government is taking to control the rising number of offences against women,” he asked. In his reply, Home Minister Bhupendra Singh admitted that the number of incidents of molestation has increased against women in the state as compared to other crimes. “The regime has decided to conduct a survey in big cities by an independent agency. Sensitive areas would be identified in consultation with women in different localities. A special drive would be carried out and anti-social elements would be handed stringent punishment,” he said.

High-level probe announced in irregularities in Old Bhopal’s sewage line

Madhya Pradesh Urban Development and Housing Minister Maya Singh today announced a high-level inquiry into alleged irregularities to the tune of Rs 205 crore in sewage work in the Amrit Project in Old Bhopal. Raising the issue through a calling attention notice, Mr Arif Aqueel (principal-opposition Congress) said that a sewage line has been laid by spending crores of rupees but it is non-functional. Unclean water is finding its way into the Upper Lake. He said that denizens in other parts of the city are being supplied water from Kolar or Narmada. However, people in South Bhopal are being forced to consume unclean water. The member alleged corruption in the project and urged for a high-level investigation. Meanwhile, senior Bharatiya Janata Party legislator and former chief minister Babulal Gaur sought to know the time-frame for completing the Amrit Project. The Minister said that the project is proposed to be completed in one-and-half years in Old Bhopal.

Permit of polluting vehicles to be seized

Madhya Pradesh Transport Minister Bhupendra Singh today announced in the Assembly that permit of vehicles spreading more pollution than prescribed limit would be seized. “These vehicles would not be allowed to ply until these are brought within the prescribed limits,” said Mr Singh while replying to a query by Mr Sushil Kumar Tiwari during the Question Hour. Mr Tiwari drew the attention of the regime on pollution being caused by such vehicles and demanded stringent measures.

Bangladeshi infiltrator made voter ID in MP

A Bangladeshi infiltrator – who had got a fake voter identity card and a ration card made in his name in Raisen district – was arrested on December 5, 1996, the Madhya Pradesh Assembly was informed today. Home Minister Bhupendra Singh provided the information to the House in a written reply to a query by Mr Vel Singh Bhuria (ruling Bharatiya Janata Party). He said that Bangladeshi national Kamlesh Sarkar had opened a medical shop in Raisen and was working as a quack. His registration issued from West Bengal’s 24 Parganas district was found to be fake. No Bangladeshi infiltration has been identified in the state in the past three years.