Very little business in Bihar legislature

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was not present in either of the House. 

Patna: The Bihar legislature on Tuesday transacted very little business with ruling as well as opposition legislators trooping into well at both the houses in support of their demands.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was not present in either of the House. He had gone to his native place Kalyan Bigha to pay respect to his departed father on his death anniversary.

In state Legislative Assembly, as the House sat for the day, JD(U), RJD and Congress members came into the well and started raising slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

BJP members too rushed to the well in support of its adjournment notice on law and order situation.

Unruly scenes were witnessed with members pushing and shoving each other.

In the midst of intense protest, Congress MLA Ramdeo Rai and some from BJP and RJD were seen standing on reporters' table.

The Speaker first adjourned the House till 12 O'clock.

Earlier, even before Speaker Vijay Kumar Chaudhary came in the House, MLAs of ruling as well as opposition parties had gathered around reporters' table and raised slogans against each other.

The scene was no better after the house reassembled and the Speaker was forced to adjourned it again till 2 PM.

Pandemonium prevailed when the house resumed.

Though grand alliance legislators were together in the well but they had their different agendas.

Senior JD(U) leader and deputy leader of the house Shyam Rajak told reporters outside the Assembly that they were protesting purchase of land by BJP for opening their offices in districts allegedly out of black money in higher denomination of Rs 1000 and Rs 500 notes.

He demanded CBI probe into the land purchase by BJP in Bihar.

Lalu Prasad's RJD members demanded the PM to fulfill his "poll promise of providing Rs 15 lakh each in the bank accounts of people by bringing black money from outside."

Congress members vented their anger against BJP members for their alleged uncharitable remarks against Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi yesterday in Legislative Council. BJP and its NDA allies RLSP, LJP and HAM protested

alleged deterioration in law and order situation in the state.

The same political drama was enacted in Legislative Council by rival parties in the well against.

Amid din, former Chief Minister Rabri Devi was heard seeking apology from BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi and state party chief and MLC Mangal Pandey for "uncharitable comment" of BJP members on Lalu Prasad and Sonia Gandhi ,failing which they would not allow the house to function.

The council was first adjourned till 1 PM and latter till lunch recess due to pandemonium. After the adjournment of the Assembly, the agitating

members of ruling as well opposition parties continued with their protest outside the house.

Grand alliance parties gathered at the main gate of the Assembly and shouted slogans against BJP in support of their issues.

BJP members led by leader of opposition Prem Kumar sat on dharna in the Assembly lawn and shouted "Modi Modi".

Women legislators of RJD also sat separately RJD also sat separately in the lawn adjoining BJP members.BJP members.

Later, Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav accompanied by senior party leader and Finance minister Abdul Bari Siddiqui and others criticized the PM on demonetisation.

Tejaswi told reporters that Lalu Prasad and RJD is not against drive against black money.

"We are protesting deaths of 70 people due to mismanagement in implementation of demonetisation," he said.

Tejaswi, who is also RJD Legislature party leader, criticised IT Amendment Bill brought in Parliament with provision of hefty tax penalty on disclosure of unaccounted money.

"This is an effort to convert black money into white," he alleged.

Senior BJP leader Prem Kumar told reporters that law and order situation has "deteriorated in Bihar due to presence of RJD in the alliance."

Congress MLA Shakeel Ahmad Khan said that the party legislators are protesting against uncharitable remarks by BJP members. They have called Sonia Gandhi, Lalu Prasad and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal as "dalal" (agents of black money), Khan said.

When the members gathered back in Assembly post-lunch, the same scene continued. Ruling as well opposition legislators raised slogans against each other at top of their voice.

Amid the din, the House passed two Bills including one on amendment in taxation in Motor Vehicle Act and another concerning street vendors.

Later, Speaker Vijay Kumar Chaudhary adjourned the House till tomorrow.

The Council was also adjourned for the day after it reassembled at 2 pm. 

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