Unruly scenes in Bihar Houses, 14 MLCs suspended
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Last Updated: Wednesday, July 21, 2010, 00:29
Patna: Chaotic scenes were witnessed in both Houses of Bihar Legislature on Tuesday as Opposition members overturned desks and chairs, broke microphones and virtually came to blows with ruling alliance MLAs over the debate on a CAG report on alleged financial irregularities.

Chairman T K Jha suspended 14 opposition MLCs for the day following unruly scenes in the House after the Opposition demanded resignation of the BJP-JD(U) government on the CAG report that highlighted alleged irregularities of Rs 11,412 crore in execution of development and welfare schemes between 2002-03 and 2007-08.

As the state assembly sat for the day, opposition MLAs stormed into the Well of the House. The ruling NDA MLAs too followed them and the House was adjourned till 1200 hours and again till lunch.

In the post-lunch session, Speaker U N Chaudhary requested the Opposition to allow a debate on the CAG report which was tabled in the House in July 2009.

However, agitated MLAs raised slogans against the government and overturned chairs, desk, removed microphones and tore papers.

Ruling NDA members also trooped into the Well.

As both the sides virtually came to blows, the Speaker adjourned the House till tomorrow.

The entire opposition MLAs then sat on a dharna in the Well demanding immediate resignation of the Nitish Kumar government.

RJD leader Ramchandra Purve said the opposition MLAs would continue the dharna for an indefinite period to press for the demand.

The Upper House was also adjourned for the day as the Opposition continued with their protests.

Later, terming the incident as "unfortunate", Choudhary castigated both the ruling and opposition MLAs. "I am extremely perturbed because of today's happenings," he said.

Ruling JD(U) chief whip Shravan Kumar said it was "extremely indecent" and called for proper training of the legislators.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar termed the incident as "unwarranted, unfortunate" and an "attempt to seek publicity."


First Published: Wednesday, July 21, 2010, 00:29

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