| BJP leaders protest at the Assembly. Picture by Deepak Kumar |
Patna, Dec. 10: The government finally conceded to the demand of the BJP to hold a special debate in the Assembly on Wednesday on law and order in Bihar, which would include the serial blasts at Gandhi Maidan on October 27.
The treasury bench finally threw in the towel in the business advisory committee meet held in Speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhary’s chamber on Tuesday. This happened after BJP MLAs stalled the proceedings in both Houses for one-and-a-half days demanding an adjournment motion on the serial blasts at Gandhi Maidan during the Hunkar Rally.
The climb-down came even after parliamentary affairs minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav turned down the request for a debate on the issue raised by Leader of the Opposition, Nand Kishore Yadav.
“It (BJP) is a party which does not believe in democratic values. There can be no debate,” said the minister. However, immediately after the lunch recess, leaders of all political parties met at the Speaker’s chamber. It was agreed that a special debate would be held on Wednesday. But the subject would be “law and order of the state” in which the BJP could raise the issue of terrorism.
Earlier, even as the Assembly sat for the day, BJP and RJD MLAs were standing in the Well of the House raising slogans even before the Speaker could sit in his chair. While the BJP wanted an adjournment on the bomb blasts, the RJD wanted an adjournment on non-payment of salaries to school teachers and the police lathicharge on Magadh Mahila College students. The Speaker made repeated requests to the MLAs to take their seats. However, he gave up after 10 minutes and told the House that he was adjourning it till 12.30pm because he could not get the “co-operation of the MLAs”.
When the House resumed the same situation prevailed. Nand Kishore alleged that the blasts had occurred because of the government’s deliberate neglect and also accused it of being soft on terrorism.