Bihar land row: Oppn demand Nitish’s resignation

Oppn MLAs stormed the well of the state assembly over alleged "BIADA land scam" involving several kins and relatives of ministers and bureaucrats.

Patna: Opposition MLAs on Wednesday disrupted
Question Hour as they stormed the well of the state assembly
over alleged "BIADA land scam" involving several kins and
relatives of ministers and bureaucrats, forcing adjournment
of the House once in the pre-lunch session.

As soon as the House assembled for the day, MLAs from
opposition - RJD, LJP and Congress, holding placards trooped
into the well of the House.

They shouted anti-government slogans and demanded
immediate resignation of Nitish Kumar government for alleged
irregularities in allotment of land by Bihar Industrial Area
Development Authority (BIADA) to wards and relatives of some
cabinet ministers, MPs, legislators and bureaucrats.

Despite repeated requests by Speaker Udai Narain
Choudhary, the agitated MLAs did not relent and continued
slogan shouting.

In the meantime, Leader of Opposition in the House Abdul
Bari Siddiqui raised the irregular and illegal allotment of
land of BIADA and demanded that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar
ensure a high-level inquiry by CBI to unravel the truths.

State Minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary strongly opposed
Siddiqui`s statement and said the chief minister had already
assured the House of looking into the matter.

Kumar has asked the Chief Secretary Anup Mukherjee to
hold an in depth inquiry into the allotment of land and submit
a detailed report to Chief Minister+, Choudhary said, adding
in the light of CM`s intervention in the matter, the
opposition members should return to their seats and allow the
question hour to continue.

But the slogan shouting in the well of the House
continued unabated.

Speaker then took up the Question Hour amid the din. In
the meantime, the state Rural Work Minister Bhim Singh was
seen saying something against the opposition.

As the opposition MLAs vehemently opposed and started
shouting slogans at the top of their voice, Choudhary
adjourned the House till 1200-hours.

Opposition MLAs repeated similar scenes in the House
when it re-assembled after the adjournment and continued to
shout slogan to press for their demand.

Speaker then took up zero-hour and call attention
notices by some members before adjourning the House till
lunch-recess.

PTI

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