News Desk, Amar Ujala, Patna
Published by: Amit Mandal
Updated Tue, 28 Jun 2022 06:37 PM IST
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The ruling BJP in Bihar faced embarrassment inside the state assembly on Tuesday when the House was adjourned after noon due to low attendance, with no members of its ally Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) in the house. was. A section of the media termed it as a deliberate strategy by JD(U) as the opposition RJD has been disrupting the House since Monday over the Agneepath scheme. This is being seen as tension between BJP-JDU. However, JD(U) leaders vehemently denied such allegations.
During lunch, Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Yadav announced boycott of the remainder of the monsoon session with two more days left. He accused the Speaker of not allowing discussion on the Agneepath plan. He was accompanied by Left ally and AIMIM state chief Akhtarul Iman and MLAs from these parties were supposedly absent. Even less members of the Congress, which was not a part of the Grand Alliance after the rift with the RJD, were present in the House.
However, when the proceedings started at 2 pm, there was an absence of JD(U) members and the number of BJP MLAs was also less. BJP MLA from Darbhanga, Sanjay Saraogi, citing the example of some other state assemblies, stressed the need to reward those who take active interest in legislative work.
After his speech, another MLA of the party sought to draw the attention of Speaker Vijay Kumar Sinha to the lack of quorum. According to the rules, 10 percent of the 243 members of the House should be members for the proceedings to continue. Incidentally the BJP has more than three times the numbers required on its own. He adjourned the proceedings till Wednesday.