Bihar MPs clash in RS during Lokpal debate

RJD and NCP members on Thursday clashed with JD(U) MPs in the Rajya Sabha when the ruling NDA in Bihar was accused of retaining power in the state with the help of "questionable means".

Last Updated: Dec 29, 2011, 19:05 PM IST

New Delhi: RJD and NCP members on Thursday clashed
with JD(U) MPs in the Rajya Sabha when the ruling NDA in Bihar
was accused of retaining power in the state with the help of
"questionable means".

When the House was debating the Lokpal Bill, Tariq Anwar
(NCP) questioned if JD(U)-BJP returned to power in the state
through honest votes.

After Shivanand Tiwari (JD-U) asserted that the poor were
purchased during elections, Anwar wanted to know if the same
method was adopted in the Bihar Assembly elections.

This led to angry outbursts from JD-U members.
Ali Anwar (JD-U) asserted that the Nitish Kumar government
returned to power on popular votes of the people, who were fed
up with corruption and misrule of the previous RJD government.

Immediately, Ramkripal Yadav (RJD) strongly objected to
Anwar`s remark.

Yadav alleged that the JD(U)-BJP combine had "misused"
government machinery to win the assembly elections in the
state.

Ali Anwar said the Nitish Kumar government was enjoying
support of all section of the society because it is working
sincerely for their welfare.

The wordy duel ended only when PJ Kurien, who was in the
Chair, intervened and normalcy was restored in the House.

PTI