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BJP fury as Council obit omits terror dead

Patna, Dec. 6: The BJP today read out an obituary for the people killed in the Hunkar Rally blasts in the Legislative Council as a means of attacking the government for omitting the name of the deceased in its list.

The chief whip of the BJP in the Council, Narendra Prasad Singh, read the obituary on the first day of the legislature’s winter session.

Apart from mentioning the six persons killed in the Hunkar Rally blasts, the obituary also mentioned the persons killed in Naxalite violence and the train accident in Khagaria during the Shravani Mela.

The government’s prepared obituary read in the Council only mentioned the different personalities and former legislators who had died during the period the Houses were in sine die status. The BJP MLCs also observed a minute’s silence as the House was adjourned for the day.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Council, Sushil Kumar Modi, strongly objected to the omission of the six persons killed during the Gandhi Maidan blasts.

“I do not have any objections to the names of noted singer Manna Dey and noted litterateur Rajendra Yadav being mentioned in the obituary. But the names of the six killed should be mentioned as they were all Biharis,” he said, insisting that the persons killed in Maoist violence in the state and those killed in the train accident should also be included.

Council chairman Awadhesh Narayan Singh, who is also from the BJP, overruled Modi’s objections and adjourned the House for the day.

This is the last legislative session of the year and the BJP is in no mood to let go of opportunities to grill the government on terrorism and increase in Naxalite attacks in Bihar.

In the Legislative Assembly, Leader of the Opposition Nand Kishore Yadav had met Speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhary before the House commenced over the inclusion of the deceased in the Gandhi Maidan blasts in the obituary.

The Speaker saved a confrontation between the treasury and the Opposition benches by including the condolence message for the people killed in the “terrorist and Naxalite attacks in the state”. A condolence message for former president of South Africa Nelson Mandela was also added.

The Assembly condoled the demise of former minister Anup Lal Yadav and former Union ministers D.P. Yadav and Hari Kishore Singh among other leaders.

Though the BJP remained silent in the House on Friday, Nand Kishore Yadav made it clear that his party would press for an adjournment motion on the issue of the serial blasts in Gandhi Maidan on Monday when the two Houses would resume business.