Cong stages walkout in MP Assembly over teachers' issue
Bhopal, Feb 26 : The main opposition Congress today staged a walkout in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly over the demand of "equal work, equal payment" to agitating contractual teachers in the state.
Replying to Mr Sukhdev Panse (Congress) during the Question Hour, School Education Minister Archana Chitnis informed the House that Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was yet to take any decision regarding the teachers' demands and former Bharatiya Janata Party state president Prabhat Jha gave assurances to the agitators on his own, not as the representative of the Chief Minister.
The Minister, however, informed the House that the Government is considering Mr Chouhan's announcement on the demands of the contractual teachers.
Describing the Minister's reply as "false", Mr Panse said the teachers are agitating over the issue and police made about 20,000 people captive and also lathicharged on them at Shahjani Park here yesterday.
Dissatisfied with Ms Chitinis's reply, Leader of the Opposition Ajay Singh intervened and said, "The matter is very sensitive and the Government meted out inhuman treatment to the agitators. The ruling BJP failed to fulfill its commitment which they made during 2008 elections."
Terming the BJP regime as insensitive towards the employees and farmers, Mr Singh along with the Congress members staged walkout. They also raised slogans in the Assembly lobby against the state Government.