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House halt over Hunkar Rally blasts

BJP MLAs interrupted the Assembly and legislative council proceedings on Monday demanding an adjournment over the serial blasts during Hunkar Rally on October 27.

Emboldened by the victory of the BJP in the Assembly polls in four states, the aggressive mood of the party MLAs was reflected from the very moment they arrived in the House.

They raised slogans such as NaMo NaMo ki aandhi ayi, bhago, bhago Nitish bhai. Transport minister Brishen Patel retorted by declaring “Delhi bahut door hai”.

Even as Speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhary took up the question hour, BJP members were inside the well of the House demanding that the House should take up the adjournment motion notice of the Leader of the Opposition, Nand Kishore Yadav.

Later, the BJP MLAs were joined in the well by RJD MLAs, who were demanding an adjournment on fraudulent withdrawal of money from the Patna collectorate treasury.

Choudhary repeatedly asked the opposition to sit in their seats. His pleas fell on deaf ears.

Independent MLA Dilip Verma was seen with a sugarcane demanding increase in the minimum support price of sugarcane for farmers. The angry Speaker directed the House marshal to remove the sugarcane from the House. The sugarcane was snatched from Verma’s hand and the Speaker adjourned the House for an hour.

When the House resumed business, the Speaker read out the adjournment motion and rejected them. This led to another round of chaos by the Opposition.

Nand Kishore Yadav urged the Speaker to accept the adjournment. “This was for the first time in Bihar when six persons died in a terror attack,” Yadav said. However, the Speaker refused to oblige. The House was adjourned again for lunch. The post-lunch session was shorter, as the same situation persisted before it was adjourned without doing any business.

Chief minister Nitish Kumar later accused the Opposition of creating ruckus in the House because “they had no issues to raise”.

Blast PIL

A PIL was filed in Patna High Court on Monday for a direction to make independent inquiry/investigation into the October 27 Gandhi Maidan blasts during BJP’s Hunkar Rally.

The petition, filed by Amarnath Sinha, the former vice-chancellor of BN Mandal University, Madhepura, also sought a direction to lodge criminal cases against erring officials who failed to discharge their duties.

The PIL prayed for constituting “Special Investigation Team”, headed by independent person like retired head of Research and Analysis Wing, former CBI director or any other independent person of high dignity for making inquiry/investigation into the serial blasts.

The petition submitted that closed-circuit television cameras of high frequency were installed during JD(U)’s Adhikar rally in November last year, while there was not a single CCTV during the BJP’s Hunkar Rally.

Metal detectors, search by dog squad of Gandhi Maidan were carried out during Adhikar rally, whereas in case of Hunkar Rally, the security agencies did not bother to do checks by metal detectors or search of Gandhi Maidan by dog squad, the PIL stated.

It said the state government ignored the Intelligence Bureau’s report, which proved fatal and left six people dead and many injured.