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Budget passed after chaos

Ranchi, Aug. 2: The state Assembly today passed the Rs 1,956-crore supplementary budget in the second half after bedlam and pandemonium marred the first half that saw as many as three adjournments.

A 20-minute discussion on power crisis in the state also took place in the second half.

The second day of the monsoon session of Assembly opened to chaos and confusion as MLAs, cutting across party lines, raised a host of issues starting from the inter-community clash at Shilagain in Chanho block of Ranchi in which a villager was killed to the need for a domicile policy.

Each time the House met after an adjournment, BJP MLAs accompanied by JVMís Nirbhaya Kumar Shahabadi, who has already announced to join the rival party, did not allow Speaker Shashank Sekhar Bhokta to conduct House business, shouting for a CBI probe into the Chanho clash.

BJP MLA and former Speaker C.P. Singh, who frequently went to the Well along with other party legislators, said the Shilagain incident had taken place in the presence of policemen and district officials and hence, a CBI probe was must.

He also claimed that the Hemant Soren government had been reduced to a minority as several MLAs from the treasury bench had joined the Opposition.

Trinamul Congress MLA Bandhu Tirkey demanded establishment of a police outpost at Shilagain.

Ruling JMM MLAs Mathura Mahto, Jagannath Mahto and Ramdas Soren added to the din, demanding announcement of the local policy that had been assured by the government earlier.

Another JMM MLA Simon Marandi, who was sacked by the chief minister from his cabinet recently, slammed the government accusing it of remaining a mute spectator when some people had attacked his house in Dumka district on July 23 over a land dispute.

Reacting to Marandiís charges, rural works minister Lobin Hembram reminded him how the JMM had welcomed Marandi back to the party fold, gave him a poll ticket after he quit the Congress and yet he was targeting the party.

Pacifying the members, the Speaker directed the government to address Marandiís charges.

Parliamentary affairs minister Rajendra Prasad Singh assured the chair that he would ask DGP Rajeev Kumar to probe into the allegations raised by Marandi and place the report in the House on August 5.

Outside the Assembly, Congress MLA Anant Pratap Deo staged a dharna, demanding that Garhwa be declared drought-hit. He also demanded blacklisting of the contractor involved in construction of NH-75.

After the House proceedings began post-lunch, the supplementary budget, which was tabled yesterday, was passed.

BJP MLA Raghubar Das also raised the issue of the perpetual power crisis.

Parliamentary affairs minister Singh, who also holds the power portfolio, assured that efforts were being taken to deal with the situation.