Bhopal: Congress general secretary and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijay Singh was today declared an outsider by an order of the Madhya Pradesh Assembly Speaker Sitasharan Sharma and stopped stopped from holding a press conference in Assembly’s Press Room.
Today the Congress legislators barged into the well of the House where they sat on protest demanding point-to-point reply, assurance and action from the Government on their demands relating to the hail-hit farmers. Even after the House was adjourned sine die, the main opposition members continued with their protest.
The Speaker’s order, which was handed over to Mr. Singh when he wanted to address the press on the massive State Professional Examination Board (PEB) scam after watching the House proceedings from the Speaker’s gallery stated that the press room in the Assembly building was not for “outsiders.”
The order issued by the Assembly principal Secretary on behalf of the Speaker said: “except a minister or member of the House, no outsider will be allowed to hold a press meet inside the Assembly.”
A special one-day session of the Madhya Pradesh Assembly had been convened to pass the supplementary budget as the Budget session was adjourned sine die due to high voltage protest by the main opposition Congress on PEB scam.
The Congress general secretary reacted strongly on being prevented from addressing media persons. He retorted by saying they cannot call a a five-time Assembly member and a two-term Chief Minister as an outsider. “My voice cannot be silenced by them”, he added.