Assembly adjourned amid noisy scenes

PATNA: The legislative assembly was adjourned on Tuesday after the opposition members created noisy scenes demanding suspension of the question hour to discuss the law and order situation and communal clashes.
Speaker Vijay Kumar Choudhary adjourned the House within 10 minutes in the first session and within 20 minutes in the post-lunch session.

“The government is not ready for any serious discussion in the House on the issue. It is under fear of the opposition as fresh Rs230 crore scam has surfaced at Darbhanga and Muzaffarpur treasury offices. The government has no control over the deteriorating law and order situation,” leader of opposition Tejashwi Prasad Yadav told mediapersons later.

“Here there is the government of scams that is ruling the state, but they still say it is ‘bahaar (peace and joy)’ in Bihar,” Tejashwi quipped.

He also released statistical data showing regular increase in cognizable offences like murder, rape, kidnapping, burglary, theft and riots in the state since 2016. Tejashwi also announced a march to Sitamarhi district where an innocent Jainul Ansari was allegedly burned to death by rioters a month back. The march would take place after the end of the winter session on November 30.

As the Speaker turned down the demand for discussion, the opposition members from the RJD, Congress and the CPI(ML) trooped into the well of the House.

The Speaker said the demand for discussion could be taken up only in accordance with the rules of House business.

Tejashwi, along with senior RJD member Abdul Bari Siddiqui and senior Congress member Sadanand Singh stood at their seats while the noisy scenes continued. All other opposition members, including women MLAs, crowded around the table of the official reporters, shouting unpalatable slogans against the government, CM Nitish Kumar and deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi. They also carried placards and printed papers on their demands which they flagrantly displayed.

The opposition members trooped into the well shouting slogans just after the Speaker rejected the plea of senior RJD member Lalit Kumar Yadav who read out the adjournment notice.

Tejashwi and Sadanand alleged that the questions from the opposition members related to the home and personnel department were also not entertained and listed for replies from the government during the question hour, as the two departments were under the CM. Singh alleged that it had been done “under a conspiracy”.

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