Chandigarh: Uproarious scenes were witnessed in the Haryana Assembly today forcing its adjournment thrice on issues including SYL canal and the alleged "land allotment" to yoga guru Ramdevs Patajali Yogpeeth by the BJP-led state government.
Din also prevailed in the House after legislators of the main opposition party INLD targeted Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala alleging his partys anti-Haryana stance on the Satluj-Yamuna Link canal issue before they were suspended by the Speaker.
During the Question Hour, things took an ugly turn soon after Toursim Minister Ram Bilas Sharma replied to a question raised by BJP MLA Latika Sharma who sought to know if the government had any proposal to develop Morni area in her constituency Kalka into a tourist spot.
The BJP and the Congress members indulged in heated exchange after Congress leader Karan Singh Dalal alleged the government was giving land to Ramdevs Patanjali Yogpeeth for development of a herbal forest at Morni in Panchkula "without following" due procedures.
Dalal claimed that Ramdev, who was appointed as brand ambassador by the Manohar Lal Khattar government for promotion of Yoga and Ayurveda, was being extended "undue benefit" by the present regime and costly land in Morni had "been doled out to him".
Health Minister Anil Vij clarified that no land had been transferred to Patanjali Yogpeeth and only an MoU with Patanjali Anusandhan Sansthan Divya Yog Mandir Trust, Haridwar, was signed for developing World Herbal Forest in Morni.
Vij said Ramdev will neither take any financial or commercial benefit from this project, nor would he have right of ownership of the land, to which a Congress member quipped, "Seth Ramdev kaho (call him Seth Ramdev)".
However, Dalal questioned Vijs locus standi in answering the question, with the minister hitting back in an angry tone and asking the Congress member to take his seat. Dissatisfied with the reply of the ministers, the Congress MLAs started to walk out of the House when state Cooperation Minister Manish Grover passed some remarks, which infuriated them.
The BJP members pointed out that Congress MLA Kuldeep Sharma had used similar words for Vij in the House earlier, but Sharma said he had already expressed regret.
The Congress legislators rushed to the Well of the House on three occasions in protest, asking the Speaker to tell Grover to tender an apology. "His (Grovers) remarks are also an insult to the two senior woman legislators of the Congress -- Geeta Bhukkal and Shakuntala Khatak, both of whom belong to the Dalit community," Surjewala said, demanding an apology from Grover.
However, the BJP members attacked Surjewala and the other Congress MLAs who were present, claiming they were misleading the House. (MORE) PTI