| Lawmakers wait for their vehicles in the portico of the Assembly in Patna on Friday. Picture by Deepak Kumar |
Patna, Feb. 14: Intermittent rain today caught many lawmakers unawares, preventing them from boarding their vehicles at the end of the first day of the Assembly budget session.
Some lawmakers made the wait in the portico of the legislature building interesting by discussing Valentine’s Day, albeit in a lighter vein.
While a woman lawmaker was cursing rain gods at having spoilt the day, some others were quick to add that the precipitation would add to the romantic flavour of the day.
Since morning the rain made the security check process sluggish, forcing vehicles to crawl from the gate to the portico. When the session got over at 12noon, the lawmakers asked the deputed Assembly employees to summon their respective vehicles.
Announcements were made on the public address system. The vehicles crawled to the portico, where the lawmakers were waiting. Former BJP minister Sukhada Pandey, climbing down the stairs, said: “Oh, my god it’s raining. How horrible! Rain has made the day quite messy.” A male counterpart quickly said with a smile: “No, madam. It will add more flavour to the Valentine’s Day. This is perfect weather to celebrate the occasion.”
That was not enough. Fellow lawmakers made a small group in the portico and started chatting with each other.
Independent MLA from Lauria Assembly seat in West Champaran district Vinay Bihari pulled the leg of another Independent MLA, Som Prakash, from Obra Assembly seat in Aurangabad.
Another BJP MLA, Usha Vidyarthi, who represents the Paliganj Assembly seat joined in the chat with other lawmakers. Around two dozen lawmakers were standing in the portico and waiting for their vehicles. Some even stood there for more than half-an-hour and cursed the rain, while many enjoyed chatting. Kanti MLA from Muzaffarpur district Ajit Kumar said: “It’s raining because election time has come, signalling us to get ready.”
A few lawmakers took a lift in the vehicles of other lawmakers. Som Prakash went with Vinay Bihari. Some walked a bit in the rain to board their respective cars.
Before the session began, a guard of honour was given to Governor D.Y. Patil. Director-general of police (DGP) Abhayanand saw the jawans standing in the Assembly garden with their firearms before the governor’s arrival and instructed a police officer to ask them to cover the barrel to shield against the rain.