Opp stall Jharkhand Assembly, demand CBI probe into scams

Ranchi: Pandemonium prevailed in the Jharkhand Assembly after Speaker C P Singh overruled the Opposition's adjournment motion demanding a CBI probe into the tenure of all ex-chief ministers, ministers and officials in the wake of a plethora of alleged scams rocking the state.

Immediately after Singh rejected the adjournment motion moved by seven opposition members, the opposition MLAs rushed to the well and squatted there, raising anti-government slogans.

CPI (ML-Liberation) legislator Vinod Kumar Singh read the adjournment motion over the din even as the Speaker persuaded the Opposition for an hour to resume their seats.

The House was adjourned for 35 minutes after the leader of Opposition, R P Singh, asked the Speaker to bring the House in order while Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantric) MLA Pradip Kumar Yadav prompted the Opposition to start "parallel proceedings in the House as the Speaker is not taking any decision".

The scene in the House did not change even after the resumption, forcing the Speaker to adjourn for a second time till after the lunch break, almost wiping out the entire proceedings of the first half.

Among other points, the motion highlighted that an ex-CM (Koda) and three former ministers were in judicial custody in connection with disproportionate assets cases.