Uproar in Assam assembly over speaker Biswajit Daimary’s comment on legislators

The ongoing Assam assembly session was forced to be adjourned for half an hour following noisy demands by the Opposition legislators for withdrawal of the speaker’s use of the term “insurgents” while trying to pacify the MLAs on August 5.

In an unusual analogy, speaker Biswajit Daimary, while trying to pacify legislators, said: “If we are not decent and respectful when we talk, we are no different than any insurgent.”

Following this, opposition leaders, including Congress working president Kamalakhya Dey Purkayastha, Jakir Hussain Sikdar and others, vehemently protested against the use of the word ‘insurgent’ in the assembly.

The session was then suspended for 30 minutes.

“Such a comment by the speaker of the Assam Legislative Assembly is unconstitutional, undemocratic and an insult to the decorum of the house,” leader of the opposition Debabrata Saikia said during the adjournment.

After rigorous demand from the opposition, speaker Biswajit Daimary stated his clarification.

“I may be wrong. The environment forces you to use such words. I promise, if I again use it, it shall be limited. I have withdrawn my words,” he said.

The word was later removed from the official records.

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