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Bihar legislators come to blows over alleged scam
Published on 21 Jul. 2010 12:09 AM IST
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The Bihar assembly on Tuesday turned into a virtual battlefield as members from ruling and Opposition clashed and turned the tables upside down, which injured a few members.
At least half a dozen lawmakers sustained minor injuries in the clash. Prema Choudhray, an RJD MLA complained that four to five members of ruling alliance, including ministers, attempted to twist her arm and pin her down in the well of the house.
The clash started at 2 pm when assembly reassembled after two adjournments. The opposition members, who continued to demand the resignation of Nitish Kumar-led NDA government, stormed into the well holding placards and shouting slogans. The MLAs of opposition parties were countered by the NDA MLAs in the well.
Some members of NDA overturned a heavy table towards the RJD benches that injured state RJD chief Abdul Bari Siddiqui. Some uprooted mikes and threw at their opponents. One female legislator threatened to throw a chair that she was carrying.
“This is the blackest day in the parliamentary democracy,” quipped assembly speaker Uday Narayan Chowdhary who adjourned the House for the day.
But the opposition members refused to sign off and squatted in the well. They said they will continue their dharna throughout the day and night.
Earlier the speaker rejected two adjournment motions brought by opposition members on the alleged irregularity in the withdrawal of over Rs 11 thousand crore from the treasury without any accounting. The government said it was ready for a debate in the House over the issue.
The RJD, LJP, Congress and Left party legislators did not allow the House to do any business. They carried placards which read, “Khazana chor, gaddi chhor”, “Khazana loot ki andhi aayi, Nitish, Modi mausere bhai.”
On the other hand some NDA MLAs showed placards which read, “Congress nahi corruption hai” and “Jo sarkar mahngai na roke, woh sarkar nikammi hai.”

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