‘I’ve requested you repeatedly to allow me to raise some questions, but you have ignored me. I feel insulted. I vehemently protest your attitude’ – Brahma tells the Speaker
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Dec 11: It's double trouble for the Assam Assembly Speaker today. After the BJP members, it was furious BPF MLA Pramilarani Brahma who staged a stormy walkout by choking back her tears, but not before firing a volley of slurs on the Chair. She alleged that the Speaker was partial against the BPF members.
During the Question Hour, Brahma raised her hand to raise some supplementary questions, but to little avail. Soon after the end of the Question Hour, a furious Brahma stood, and raised her strong protest against the Speaker, saying: “It’s not the first time that you’ve ignored me, haven’t allowed me to talk. In this House I’m senior to you. Why do you deprive us? I’ve requested you repeatedly to allow me to raise some questions, but you have ignored me. I feel insulted. I vehemently protest your attitude.” In his reply, Speaker Prab Kumar Gogoi said: “I haven’t seen you raising your hand. Had I seen you raising your hand, I would have allowed you to talk. Whenever I get chance, I always allow you to talk.”
However, with her voice choked with rage, the BPF MLA staged a stormy walkout as a mark of her protest against the Speaker.
Talking to reporters outside the House, Brahma said: “The Speaker is partial against us. I feel, he doesn’t allow us to raise our problems in the House just because we’re tribals. We’ve the right to raise the problems of tribals on the floor of the House. However, the Speaker has deprived us of that right.”