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RJD, JD(U) spar in assembly over criminal cases against MLAs

NEW DELHI, MAR 19 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 3/19/2021 1:13:53 PM IST

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejhashwi Yadav and Janata Dal (United) JDU chief whip in Bihar assembly Shrawan Kumar sparred in the house on Friday over the criminal cases against the MLAs of their respective parties.

Yadav, who is the leader of opposition in the state assembly, cited a report and said 18 out of the 31 state ministers were facing serious criminal cases.

Quoting another list of the same report, Kumar said 54 out of 74 RJD legislators - including Tejashwi Prasad Yadav and his brother Tej Pratap Yadav - are facing criminal cases. He further said that 44 out of the 54 RJD MLAs are facing criminal cases of serious nature.

With assembly speaker Vijay Kumar Sinha’s permission during Zero Hour, Tejashwi Yadav referred to a report of the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) according to which 18 ministers are facing criminal cases, including murder, kidnapping and robbery. “Let the ADR report be made part of the proceedings I want to table it on the floor of the House,” he said, to which the speaker replied, it is already in public domain and there is nothing new in it.

The report even included cases relating to the violation of the model code of conduct, Sinha said, adding that a 10-year-old case for violation of model code of conduct is also pending against him (speaker).

“There are many more people including you (Tejashwi) who may be facing such cases,” he said, while allowing him to table the ADR report in the assembly but refused to make it part of the House proceedings.

Referring to his speech made during a debate on home departments budgetary demand in the House on Tuesday, the RJD leader had said that more than 64 per cent of ministers are facing criminal cases and “you (speaker) had sought documentary proof in support of my claim”.

Earlier in the day, the RJD leader informed the speaker that he had brought the ADR report as proof, which he had been asked to furnish as evidence.

The speaker allowed him to raise the issue after Question Hour.

Meanwhile, the ruling JD(U) came out with another list of the same report to counter the proof cited by the leader of the opposition in the House.

Referring to the ADR report compiled after Bihar assembly polls in 2020, JD(U)’s Shrawan Kumar said that 54 out of 74 RJD legislators - including Tejashwi and his brother Tej Pratap Yadav - are facing criminal cases.

He also said that 44 out of the 54 RJD MLAs are facing criminal cases of serious nature.

 

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