Congress MLAs shamed democracy: BJP
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Last Updated: Wednesday, July 21, 2010, 21:44
New Delhi: Criticising the behaviour of Congress MLAs who along with other Opposition members created unruly scenes in Bihar Assembly, the BJP today said they had "shamed democracy and tarnished the image of the state".

"No criticism is enough for the manner in which Congress has shamed parliamentary democracy from Karnataka to Bihar...

The image of Bihar, which was sullied for 15 years earlier (during RJD rule under Lalu Prasad), has been tarnished again," BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said.

67 Opposition MLAs in Bihar were today suspended for unruly behaviour and marshalled out as utter chaos prevailed inside and outside the Assembly.

Yesterday, several Opposition members in both the state Assembly and Council overturned desks and chairs, broke microphones and virtually came to blows with ruling alliance MLAs and MLCs. 14 Opposition MLCs were then suspended.

The Bhagalpur MP alleged that the CAG report, which caused the Opposition uproar, had highlighted financial irregularities under the Chief Ministership of RJD leader Rabri Devi and Governorship of Buta Singh (former Congress leader).

"Due to this both the Congress and RJD were fearing the CAG report (and hence caused this uproar). But nobody expected such a reaction from them," Hussain said.

The CAG report claimed that there were financial irregularities worth Rs 11,412 crore in Bihar in execution of development and welfare schemes between 2002-03 and 2007-08.

BJP targetted the Congress as the latter had also stalled assembly proceedings in Karnataka last week alleging corruption in the B S Yeddyurappa government over illegal mining. Congress MLAs wanted the Reddy brothers to step down in the wake of the allegations.

"This event (in Bihar) has exposed the Congress. The behaviour of these MLAs is unprecedented. The government had agreed to a discussion but since they feared getting exposed if a debate took place, they caused this disruption," Hussain said.

He sought an explanation from Congress, RJD and LJP for their behaviour in the Bihar Assembly and Council.


First Published: Wednesday, July 21, 2010, 21:44

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