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India: Congress lawmaker hurls shoe at Punjab's revenue minister

Congress lawmakers had challenged deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal for discussion on problems in Punjab.?(In photo: Bikram Singh Majithia) Photograph: (Others)

New Delhi, Delhi, India Sep 14, 2016, 06.52 AM (IST)
A shoe was hurled today at the state revenue minister, Bikram Singh Majithia, by a Congress lawmaker in Punjab state assembly today. 

Tarlochan Singh Soondh reportedly threw his shoe at the minister amid uproar in the house.

Soondh and other Congress members were demanding a debate on their no-confidence motion against the state's ruling Akali Dal-Bhartiya Janata Party government and had challenged deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal for discussion on problems in northern Indian state of Punjab. 

Twenty two Congress lawmakers had not left the assembly building since Monday when their motion was rejected by a voice vote, according to media reports. 

Meanwhile, as many as 12 bills were passed in the assembly even as the chaos continued.

Speaker Charanjit Atwal suspended zero hour, referred as the time gap between the end of question hour and the beginning of the regular business, and question hour following ruckus in the House.

Atwal requested the protesting members of the legislative assembly to go back to their seats and said that he wanted to run the house smoothly.

The assembly was adjourned for 15 minutes following the chaos.
 
(WION with inputs from ANI)
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