Gandhinagar: The Gujarat Assembly on Tuesday witnessed ugly scenes when the ruling BJP and opposition Congress members clashed in the House, leading to the suspension of two Congress MLAs for an unprecedented three years and a one-year suspension of another lawmaker from the party.
The House plunged into chaos as the BJP and Congress members came to blows during the proceedings. The speaker later suspended two Congress MLAs — Pratap Dudhat and Amrish Der — for three years, the longest ever in the state's history. Another Congress legislator, Baldevji Thakor, was suspended for a year for an incident that allegedly took place in the lobby of the Assembly.
The three MLAs were asked not to enter the Assembly premises during their period of suspension. Angry over the suspension of their colleagues, the other Congress MLAs walked out of the House in protest.
After the unruly scenes, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel introduced a motion to suspend Der and Dudhat for three years.