Patna: Opposition RJD on Tuesday staged a noisy
walk-out from the Bihar assembly accusing the state government
of introducing 12 bills in "undue haste".
Soon after the introduction of the bills in the house in
the second half, Leader of Opposition in the state assembly
Abdul Bari Siddiqui said the bills were being placed in the
house by the state government without circulating them
among the members in advance.
Quoting the Rules of Executive Business of the House,
Siddiqui said copies of the bills were made available to
the members much after the time stipulated which is against
the spirit of the Constitution.
"The state government has brought these bills in undue
haste," he alleged adding if there was any urgency of enacting
the legislation the state government should have brought an
"Bringing these bills in undue haste is violative of the
Rules of Executive Business and norms laid down by the meeting
of the presiding officers," he said.
State Parliamentary Affairs Minister Vijendra Prasad
Yadav, however, insisted that the bills have been brought in
the house with prior permission of Speaker UN Choudhary and
therefore the plea by Siddiqui in the house be turned down.
Choudhary then ruled that he had allowed tabling of the
bills in keeping with the rules and asked the minister
concerned to introduce the bills.
Opposition MLAs staged a walk-out after the ruling and
the state assembly passed bills seeking to curtail powers of
the governor, who is also chancellor of universities in Bihar.
Tabling the Bihar State University Commission bill, 2011
in the second-half, state Human Resources Minister PK Sahi
said the bill provided for constituting a commission for
ensuring recruitments of teaching and non-teaching employees
of universities, constituent and affiliated colleges.
The house also passed by voice vote the Bihar State
University (Amendment) Bill, 2011 and Patna University
Amendment bill, 2011 seeking to curtail sweeping powers of
the governor in matters related to the appointment of
vice-chancellors and other administrative activities.
The house also adopted Bihar Muncipality (Amendment)
Bill, 2011 which would allow appointment of an ombudsman who
would hear and dispose of corruption-related cases in
respect of mayors, deputy mayors and councillors. It would
also facilitate a mechanism for recall of councillors involved
in irregularities and non-performance.