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BJP blast probe cry stalls House
- Chaos compels Speaker to adjourn Assembly twice

Patna, Dec. 12: The BJP today forced two adjournments in the Assembly demanding a CBI probe into the alleged security lapses during the party’s October 27 rally, rocked by serial blasts.

Before the question hour started, Leader of Opposition Nand Kishore Yadav stood up and told Speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhary that the BJP was not happy with the reply chief minister Nitish Kumar had given yesterday and would not relent till the government ordered a probe by RAW, CBI or a former director-general of police of the state into the serial blasts.

He said: “The chief minister in his reply did not answer our core question about who was responsible for not implementing the decisions of the district administration on the security measures to be taken at Gandhi Maidan (the venue of the BJP rally) on October 27.”

Parliamentary affairs minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav strongly opposed the demand and said: “The chief minister gave a detailed answer on the October 27 attack and what the district administration did. The NIA (National Investigation Agency), which is equipped to handle such cases, is already looking into the case.”

Moments after Bijendra’s statement, the BJP legislators trooped into the well of the House. The Speaker told the agitating MLAs that many school students had come to the Assembly to learn about parliamentary democracy, but the agitators did not yield. The Speaker finally adjourned the House till 12noon.

When the House reassembled, the BJP members were again on their feet on the same issue. The ruckus and cacophony created by them irked the treasury bench.

“The BJP is trying to stop the government from issuing a statement on a scandal. They want to save the guilty,” said rural works minister Bhim Singh. Industry minister Renu Kumari said the BJP MLAs deserved to be at Hartali Chowk — a site for staging dharna on Bailey Road.

Yet, the din continued, forcing the Speaker to adjourn the Assembly till 2pm.

Nand Kishore, the Leader of the Opposition, defended the BJP’s action and declared that the party would not allow the House to run until the state government conceded to the demand of a CBI probe into the security lapses. Friday is the last day of the winter session.