Chhattisgarh assembly stalled over ‘dam sell-out’

Raipur, March 3 (IANS) The Chhattisgarh assembly was repeatedly disrupted Thursday after the opposition Congress charged that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had ‘sold’ an irrigation dam to a private company setting up a power plant in the state.

The Congress members said the BJP government has been blindly supporting industrial firms by ignoring the interests of the common people in Janjgir-Champa district. It asked the BJP government to explain ‘why it had sold out a dam’ to a private company setting up a 3,600 MW power plant.

Congress legislators said there was no need to level the dam to give way to the power plant. The dam was constructed in 1962 by the undivided Madhya Pradesh government.

Congress legislators led by Mohammed Akbar raised slogans against the BJP government and sought a statement from Chief Minister Raman Singh, while the treasury benches led by Environment Minister Rajesh Munat countered the accusations. Speaker Dharamlal Kaushik adjourned the house for five minutes soon after question hour.

The uproar continued when the house reassembled and the speaker adjourned till 1 p.m. and then for 3 p.m. and thereafter for the whole day.