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Protest with paddy

Ranchi, Dec. 4: Mundane paddy sheaves, as much as angry Opposition members, stole the Assembly show today as protests on the floor of the House led to adjournment of the session for an hour or so.

Opposition MLAs, who had moved adjourned motions on various issues right from irregularities in executing Centre-sponsored schemes, were presented with sheaves of paddy grown by Nagri villagers on the disputed land. Activists of the Nagri movement, led by Sushanto Mukherjee and Ratan Tirkey, handed over the sheaves to MLAs and ministers at the Assembly gate, pleading that such fertile agricultural land should not be used to erect buildings (read educational cradles).

The MLAs, in turn, staged demonstrations with their new gifts on the Assembly premises. Soon after the House began, CPI-ML (Liberation) member Vinod Kumar Singh walked up to food and civil supplies minister Mathura Prasad Mahto and gifted him the paddy sheaves. Jharkhand Janadhikar Partyís Bandhu Tirkey, who had moved an adjournment motion on amendments in regulations for appointment of school teachers so that local job aspirants got a level-playing field, tried to walk up to the Speakerís chair with the sheaves.

However, the House was adjourned till noon before he could reach there.