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.
The zero hour on Wednesday witnessed fierce arguments, as members started hurling expletives at each other; while Mr. Dudhat hit BJP MLA Jagdish Panchal with his belt as both were engaged in exchanging blows and slaps.
He was forcefully taken out by marshals when he tried to pull out a mike from the table. Der was later escorted out of the House.
At this point, seemingly agitated by something said to him by BJP MLA Jagdish Panchal, Congress legislator Pratap Dudhat rushed from his place and grabbed a microphone from one of the desks and threw it towards Panchal, missing him by inches. Another MLA Baldevji Thakor, who allegedly punched his BJP rivals in the assembly lobby, has been suspended for a year. His proposal was supported by senior minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama. "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. Luckily, Panchal was not hurt in the attack. Parmar alleged that Panchal had used abusive words, which angered Dudhat.
Speaker suspended Pratap Dudhat and Amrish Der for three years and Baldev Thakore for a year following acrimonious scenes in the state assembly. However, the Speaker did not allow him. If I am found making any abusive comment, I will resign from the Assembly. "I wanted to suspend the errant legislators for five years but the ruling party appears to be soft and has sought only three years' suspension", Trivedi said.
Leader of opposition Paresh Dhanani, while calling the incident a black spot in the history of the Gujarat legislature, attempted to put the blame on BJP legislators. As many as 28 Congress MLAs were suspended on Tuesday for creating a ruckus in the House over the suspension of party colleague Virji Thumar. "However, we will not allow them to succeed", he said.