| RJD MLA’s protest outside the Assembly in Patna on Wednesday. Picture by Deepak Kumar |
Patna, Feb. 23: Chief minister Nitish Kumar today assured the members of the Bihar Legislative Council that the government would take stern action to ensure justice to Bhojpuri singer Devi, with whom the Jai Prakash (JP) University acting vice-chancellor misbehaved at a function in Bodhgaya recently.
Cutting across party lines, members like Neeraj Kumar of the JD (U), Jyoti, Mahachandra Prasad Singh (Congress), Kiran Ghai (BJP) raised the issue during the Zero Hour.
Ghai said the police should also investigate the issue of lathicharge on the students of Patna University and JP University, who were agitating on the issue.
Singh suggested that the government should take quick and stern action to prevent the agitation from spreading to other universities.
While replying to the concerns raised by the members, Nitish said: “The director-general of police is looking into the matter and stern action will be taken as per the law. I assure you (members) and also appeal to the students to maintain peace as no one is beyond the reach of the government.” Devi, known for Bhojpuri folk songs, has alleged that acting vice-chancellor, Dinesh Prasad Sinha, had misbehaved with her at a cultural programme at Sambodhi resort in Bodh Gaya on February 18.
On the issue of damage caused to the crops by the recent hailstorm in the Kosi region of the state, Kumar said the government would provide all possible help to those who lost their crop.
A few JD (U) members wanted to know from the government whether the newly enacted Bihar Land Dispute Redressal Act 2009 has been implemented in the state or not. They also enquired into how many people related to cases of land disputes were provided possession of land after the act came into existence.
Nitish, while enumerating the reasons behind the delay in implementing the act, said the act has been framed keeping in mind the huge number of people coming to his janata darbar with land disputes. He said: “These cases could not be dealt with by the administration as it fell in the domain of the civil court. Hence, the government decided to bring a law entrusting deputy collector land reforms (DCLR) to redress the problems.”
Around 20 MLAs from the RJD and the LJP protested at the Bihar Legislative Assembly gate and blocked the entrance for almost 15 minutes before the budget session started on the second day of the Assembly.
Shouting slogans, the MLAs accused Nitish of supporting crime in the state.
The Opposition leader allegedly charged Nitish for not taking any action regarding rise in crime rate in Bihar.