| BJP MLAs protest against the state government at the Assembly in Patna on Wednesday. Picture by Deepak Kumar |
Patna, July 2: The BJP today created a ruckus in the Assembly and Bihar Legislative Council over the alleged deteriorating law and order situation in the state in general and in Siwan in particular.
The party pressed for an adjournment motion in the Assembly on the issue, charging the state government with trying to protect former RJD MP Md Shahabuddin. The Leader of the Opposition, Nand Kishore Yadav, alleged that terror prevailed in Siwan after the murder of Roshan Kumar — a key witness to the murder of his two brothers in 2004 allegedly perpetrated by Shahabuddin. Yadav alleged that the JDU was supporting him because of its new alliance with the JDU. The superintendent of police who was strict on Shahabuddin and his goons was transferred, the BJP said.
The BJP’s move was opposed by parliamentary affairs minister Srawan Kumar and Congress leader Sadanand Singh, stressing that the BJP should allow the question hour to take place.
The BJP raised the issue again after the question hour. But the Speaker, Uday Narayan Chaudhary, rejected its adjournment motion, triggering a noisy protest by the BJP in the Well of the House. Chaudhary had to adjourn the House 45 minutes before the schedule.
In the State Legislative Council, the adjournment motion was moved by BJP’s Mangal Pandey. The leader of the BJP in the Council, Sushil Kumar Modi, alleged that even the government’s statistic shows that the crime had increased in the recent years. He pointed out that in 2006 there were 3,225 murders in the state, while in 2013 the number climbed to 3,441. The number of rapes also spiralled in the corresponding period from 973 to 1,128.
“In the past four months, the crime increased drastically. In January, there were 247 murders in the state, while in May the figure reached 341. Similarly, the number of rapes climbed from 72 to 130,” he said.
“There was a decline in crime during the NDA-I regime but it showed an increase in the NDA-II rule. While we were in the government, we pointed out this fact to Nitishji. He used to get angry because he was in charge of the home ministry,” Modi told reporters.
He iterated that terror prevailed in Siwan after the murder of Roshan, an eyewitness who was expected to appear in court to give evidence. Modi alleged that the prime accused — the son of Shahabuddin — had not been arrested. He said the father of Roshan was getting threats to leave Siwan.
“The RJD-JDU alliance has emboldened the criminals,” Modi said, adding that investment proposals had stopped coming to the state because of the crime spurt.
Road construction minister Rajiv Ranjan Singh today informed the House that contracts of two south India-based companies for construction of two state highways had been cancelled and negotiations with the Asian Development Bank were on for re-tendering the work.
The Speaker announced the formation of a House committee after MLAs cutting across party lines alleged that not a single borewell had been electrified in the state. The government announced that Rs 108 crore was given to the Bihar State Electricity Board in 2009 for the electrification of 2,740 borewell but only 1,500 of them had been electrified.