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Bihar legislature's winter session ends amid pandemonium

Bihar legislature's winter session ends amid pandemonium

Both houses of the Bihar Legislature were adjourned sine die on Friday after a five-day long winter session which was marked by sustained protests and adjournments by the opposition members on various issues.

Speaker Vijay Kumar Chaudhary adjourned the house sine die to bring the curtains on the brief session.

The Bihar legislative assembly- which was almost washed away due to pandemonium and ruckus created by the opposition on various issues- could barely transact on an average 22 minutes every day during the week-long sittings.

Amid pandemonium, the three Bills were passed by the assembly while answer to only one question could be made in the house as question hour could not take place in the five-day session.

The Bills which were passed by the assembly included-Bihar Goods and Service (Amendment) Bill, 2018, Bihar Industrial Disputes (Bihar Amendment) Bill 2018 and Bihar Appropriation (Number 4), 2018, Choudhary said.

The assembly also passed the second supplementary demand of the state government for grant of Rs 10,463.18 crore. Of the total 710 questions received during the winter session, 558 questions were accepted by assembly secretariat, he said adding that of the 558 questions, 10 were short notice questions, 490 were starred while 58 were unstarred questions.

Of these questions, answer to only one question was made in the house while the remaining 557 unanswered questions, answer of 300 questions have been made available online, Choudhary said.

Of the total 137 applications received during the session, 132 applications were accepted while five were rejected, the speaker said adding that 58 of the 87 petitions were accepted and the rest rejected.

Earlier, the assembly proceedings lasted for only three minutes during pre-lunch session while the post-lunch session could barely run for 13 minutes on the fifth and final day of the session.

The opposition comprising RJD, Congress and CPI(ML) created pandemonium in both the houses- legislative assembly and legislative council- during the entire session seeking debate every day through adjournment motion on various issues like deteriorating law and order situation, misuse of CBI, Supreme Court's severe criticism of Bihar government vis-a-vis Muzaffarpur shelter home scandal case etc.

Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, while speaking on second supplementary budget which was passed by the Legislative Council, challenged RJD leaders to come up with evidence against him or his government of corruption instead of merely making allegations.

"Those who are involved in corruption and has been convicted by four different courts in corruption cases are now calling us a thief. They should first come up with evidence and stop making false accusations," Modi had said in the presence of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Training his guns on Leader of Opposition, Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, Modi asked him to explain as how could he become owner of 52 properties- that included five houses and 47 plots- at the age of 29 years despite the fact that he neither inherited any property nor had any such professional degree nor could he succeed in cricket.

The opposition, which had staged a walk-out in the council while Modi was speaking, later joined the house proceedings and protested Modi's speech from their seat.

(With inputs from agencies.)



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