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15 March 2018

After the Question Hour when Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel raised a point of order, Congress MLA Vikram Maadam sought to speak.

Following which, another Congress MLA Amrish Der protested the suspension and supported him. However, Madam refused to give in and other legislators from his party, Ambrish Der and Virji Thumar, rushed towards the well of the House. The speaker suspended both the MLAs for the day and ordered that they be marshalled out. This enraged Congress MLA Pratap Dudhat, who then attacked BJP's Jagdish Panchal with a rod attached to a microphone.

Two Congress legislators were suspended for three years from the Gujarat Assembly by Speaker and another for one year.

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As they came to blows, other members from both sides rushed to the well where they all jostled with one another before the Speaker adjourned the proceedings. During this time, Der entered the House from the back door and attacked Panchal.

Following the incident, Amrish Der was surrounded by BJP MLAs and was kicked and slapped the Congress lawmaker.

"This was a shameful incident and unprecedented in the history of Gujarat Assembly". This led to a verbal duel between some BJP and Congress legislators. "In fact, later when we were out of the House, Congress MLA Baldev Thakor threatened to break my legs".

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According to reports, Dudhat, who represents Savarkundla seat, used his belt targeting Nikol MLA Panchal. "I am sad about my behaviour in the House but not ashamed of what happened in the context of what was said about my mother", he said.

After the attack on Panchal, the speaker suspended Dudhat for the rest of the ongoing Budget Session. The entire opposition Congress staged a walkout after the strong action by the Speaker. The speaker adjourned the house for ten minutes, named Dudhat for five years term suspension and left but the effect did not stop there. For the last six to seven days, BJP MLA Jagdish Panchal has been uttering bad words and using foul language against me in the House. He objected that the leader of the opposition should understand the limitations of time for a question.

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Free for all in Gujarat Assembly