Tripura: Budget 2020-21 presented amid uproar from Opposition


Agartala | March 20:

The budget for the year 2020-2021 was placed today at the Tripura Assembly amid uproar from the opposition bench over an adjournment motion to discuss the matter of 10, 323 ad hoc school teachers.

The trouble started after the finance minister Jishnu Dev Varma had finished reading out his budget speech.

The service of the 10,323 school teachers is scheduled to expire by next two weeks.

Opposition MLA and former education minister Tapan Chakraborty's adjournment motion to discuss their termination and alternative action from government was rejected by Speaker Rebati Mohan Das.

In protest, all 16 opposition members raised slogans and staged protest in the well. The assembly witnessed unforeseen uproar as both ruling and opposition legislators were seen shouting 'haay haay' (shame, shame) at each other for some time.

Opposition members later staged walk out from the House and boycotted from participating in business for rest of the day.

Within seconds, a number of BJP and finally IPFT MLAs rose from their seats and started berating the role of the government in the loss of jobs by the ad hoc teachers, specially targeting the leader of the opposition and former chief minister Manik Sarkar who, however, remained quiet despite the uncharitable tirade from the treasury bench.