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Chhattisgarh Speaker suspends 11 BJP MLAs

“The Centre is responsible for these circumstances,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ravindra Choubey said.

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Raipur: Eleven members of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party were placed under suspension on Tuesday in the Chhattisgarh Assembly for trooping into the well of the House and sloganeering to express dissatisfaction with Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Tribhuvaneshwar Saran Singh Deo’s reply to a question regarding the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY).

Speaker Charan Das Mahant initiated the disciplinary action against Leader of the Opposition Dharamlal Kaushik, erstwhile chief minister Raman Singh, Brijmohan Agrawal, Ajay Chandrakar and others. Proceedings were adjourned till noon and then for the remainder of the day as the BJP pandemonium continued after revocation of suspension.

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As soon as the Question Hour commenced, Chandrakar sought to know why all four instalments for 2019-20 and 2020-21 were yet unpaid to PMAY beneficiaries.

“The reason is the unavailability of funds. The process of seeking a loan for the state share of Rs 762.81 crore is underway and efforts are on to obtain the central share of Rs 20,000 cr,” the Minister said.

Objecting vociferously, Mr Chandrakar alleged that the state government violated the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act by availing credit exceeding 6 per cent.

“What was the target is given by the Centre and how many dwellings have been completed,” Mr Agrawal asked.

“The Centre is responsible for these circumstances,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ravindra Choubey said.

His words sparked off fiery verbal exchanges between the Treasury benches and the Opposition.

“The Centre dispatched several communications to the state but there was no reply,” Kaushik said.

Deo clarified that 2.74 lakh abodes are lying incomplete since 2016-17 for different reasons.

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