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Dharamsala: The first day of the Himachal Pradesh assembly’s winter session began on a stormy note on Monday with the main opposition BJP staging a walkout, demanding discussion on registration of a disproportionate assets case against Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.

Immediately after the obituary references, the opposition demanded an adjournment motion for discussing the issue related to cases filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the CBI against the chief minister.

“It’s the first time in the history of Himachal Pradesh that an FIR (first information report) is filed against a sitting chief minister,” BJP member Ravinder Ravi said, as the five-day winter session began in this town, some 250 km from state capital Shimla.

Justifying the party’s demand, former minister Rajeev Bindal said the ED and the CBI raided Virbhadra Singh’s premises.

He urged Speaker BBL Butail to allow the adjournment motion and discuss the issue on which the BJP legislature party had given notice.

However, Butail refused the discussion, stating that the matter was sub-judice.

When the speaker disallowed the adjournment motion and discussion, the BJP members started raising slogans.

As the speaker proceeded with the business listed for the day, the BJP lawmakers staged a walkout from the house.

After the walkout, the house continued with the business.

Later talking to reporters, the chief minister said the BJP always makes a strategy so that the house does not run smoothly.

“It’s a clear misuse of members’ rights,” he said, adding that the proceedings in the house will continue despite the opposition boycott.

He said he had not done anything wrong and the matter was pending in court.

He said it was a conspiracy hatched by former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and his son Anurag Thakur, BJP Lok Sabha member from Hamirpur.

(IANS)

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The BJP has sent top leaders to campaign in Chhattisgarh.

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India began on Monday the first of five state elections to be held in coming weeks, important tests for Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he plots a course that he hopes will ensure him victory in a general election due by May.

Voters in the central state of Chhattisgarh went to the polls on Monday to elect representatives for 18 of the state assembly’s 90 seats in a staggered poll complicated by logistical problems and left-wing guerrillas.

The state of about 26 million people has been ruled by Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) since 2003, and he will be hoping to hold on to power.

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“Some unholy people have handed guns to children who should have pens in their hands,” Modi told a rally in the state on Friday, referring to the rag-tag guerrillas battling government forces from forest hideouts. “They’ve finished the lives of our tribal children.”

Hundreds of election workers had to be flown in to remote polling stations by helicopter because of the danger posed by the rebels.

Modi called for voters to back his BJP and its vision of “development for all.”

The final phase of voting in Chhattisgarh, which is known for its coal, iron ore and bauxite reserves, will be on Nov. 20.

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The BJP was the preference of about 43 percent of voters in Chhattisgarh, 7 percentage points ahead of the main opposition Congress party, according to a survey released last week by the Lokniti-Centre for the Study of Developing Societies.

Modi’s other big tests will be in the neighboring central state of Madhya Pradesh, where the BJP is slightly ahead of Congress, according to polls, and in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, where Congress is expected to emerge victorious.

A good performance by the BJP in the elections would help it deflect growing criticism over unemployment and a crisis in the countryside over falling farm prices and wages.

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Elections will also be held for assemblies in Telangana in the south and Mizoram in the northeast.

The BJP has sent top leaders to campaign in Chhattisgarh, including Yogi Adityanath, a firebrand Hindu priest and the BJP chief minister in Uttar Pradesh state.

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Adityanath has been appealing to the BJP’s Hindu-nationalist base and on Sunday accused the opposition of blocking construction of a temple for Hindu god Ram on a disputed site in Uttar Pradesh.

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