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Gujarat Congress MLAs suspended for two days

Gujarat Congress MLAs went out of the House and circled the Assembly, shouting the same slogan in the lobbies.

“We had yesterday met the Speaker and asked him to take up our private member bill, which provides for 20 per cent reservation for economically backward class (ECBs), but the Speaker did not give any positive response, so we had to protest today,” Congress MLA Raghavji Patel later told reporters.

The Congress had earlier moved a private member bill, seeking 20 per cent reservation for ECBs of all communities.

“The state government has suspended all the Congress MLAs for two days as they do not want us to participate in the discussion on important bills which will come up tomorrow,” senior Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil alleged.

Gujarat had last year witnessed a violent protest by Patel community for reservation, led by their leader Hardik Patel, in which 10 people were killed.

Hardik and other top organisers of the agitation are in jail on sedition charges.