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Opposition in Tripura House stages walkout
 AGARTALA, Sept 24 – Opposition Congress and INPT members on Monday staged a walk out from the Tripura Assembly after their demand for allowing a privilege motion against Chief Minister Manik Sarkar was turned down by the Speaker Ramendra Chandra Debnath.

 Opposition leader Ratan Lal Nath moved the privilege motion against the Leader of the House for back tracking from his commitment of ordering a CBI probe into alleged Aadhaar scam.

Shortly after the question hour, CLP leader Nath raised the issue and pleaded with the Speaker to allow the privilege motion as the Chief Minister had given word to have a CBI probe into the alleged scam.

However, the Speaker turned down the motion saying that this could not be done as the government had already received a clean chit from the competent authority.

However, opposition bench was not satisfied with the Speaker’s explanation. As the Speaker remained defiant on the issue, opposition legislators rushed to the well and pressed their demand.

With the Speaker adamant on his stand, the opposition leader reminded the House that it was the last day of the Tripura Assembly and let the mater be discussed. Nath further said, “The Chief Minister had promised the House that the government would order a CBI probe into the alleged discrepancy in the Aadhaar last session. Now it seems, the government did not keep its words.

Th opposition legislators then stood up and said the government has no obligation towards the people of the State. Nath, then declared that they will not stay in the House where leader of the House had skipped his promise.

Later, the Chief Minister hit back at the opposition saying that the government has fulfilled its promises. Referring to his earlier statement, Sarkar said, “I told before the House that since the scheme is new and some loopholes came to forefront, there is no harm to undertake Special Audit and then CBI. By this time, the government had taken up the issue with competent authority to verify the allegations or errors.

In turn, they (Centre) had sent a team and it had given not only a clean chit to the State Government but also praised the way it was being implemented in the State”. An emotional Chief Minister said, “We have full faith in the people. People will take the decision on the basis of experience gathered by them”.

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