| Students of Creane Memorial High School of Gaya with Assembly Speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhary in Patna on Thursday. Picture by Deepak Kumar |
School students from Gaya questioned the wisdom of the Opposition party MLAs for stalling the Assembly proceedings on Thursday.
Speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhary has been inviting students from various schools in Bihar to watch the proceedings from the visitors’ gallery for the past five years.
On Thursday, students of Creane Memorial High School, Gaya, witnessed the pre-lunch session of the House, which was repeatedly adjourned because of the ruckus created by BJP MLAs from the well of the Assembly.
The young ones wanted to know whether the opposition parties would have solved all the problems if they were voted to power.
Around 50 students of the school entered the Assembly building with smiles on their faces, expecting a healthy proceeding between the ruling and the opposition parties. However, their expectations were shattered within a minute after the Speaker occupied his chair when BJP MLAs poured in the well of the Assembly to protest against chief minister Nitish Kumar.
Seated in the visitors’ gallery in two groups, the students started talking to each other, some tried to take a closer look at the MLAs by leaning down from the gallery and few had no idea what was happening.
The Speaker also requested the MLAs to go back to their respective seats.
“I will request all the members in the well to please occupy their seats because a lot of people are watching the proceedings, including schoolchildren. Kindly maintain the decorum of the House and return to your respective seats,” he said.
Scratching his head, Class 10 student Vipul Kumar said: “What has just happened in the Assembly is very disappointing. We have come all the way from Gaya to watch the proceedings but we just witnessed protests from the Opposition MLAs. What do the members get by stalling the proceedings of the Assembly?”
Another student Swapnil Vaibhav asked: “If the Opposition leaders are voted to power, will they solve all the problems in the state? Can they guarantee better performance than the present government? We had come to watch healthy proceedings of the Assembly but things are completely different here. It’s so confusing. We cannot even hear what other members are saying.”
Four teachers had accompanied the students. The mentors tried their level best to make the children understand the proceedings but it did not work in the ruckus.
Sejal Kumari of the same batch felt cheated. “I had come here to understand a vital democratic set up of our country. But I was cheated. I think the proceedings should take place in a peaceful manner. Rather, I saw one leader tearing apart a document and flinging it in the air. We don’t even do such things in the school and we don’t expect such activities from lawmakers. Over all, it was a nice trip from school to the Assembly. We would tell our parents and friends what we watched today,” she said with a witty smile.
Around 12.45pm the students and teachers gathered in front of the building for a group photo with the Speaker.
Sharing his thoughts, Chaudhary said: “The school students had come to watch the proceedings of the Assembly and also to see what kind of questions the members raise being a people’s representative.”