JD(U) and BJP mem­bers clash in Bi­har House

The Political and Business Daily - - STATES -

FOR­MER NDA mem­bers-turned ri­vals JD(U) and BJP to­day clashed in the Up­per House of the Bi­har Assem­bly in the pres­ence of their lead­ers Ni­tish Ku­mar and Sushil Ku­mar Modi, with the saf­fron party blam­ing the clash on the for­mer CM who quickly de­nied it.

The Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil looked like a bat­tle­field with the mem­bers of the two par­ties shov­ing and push­ing each other as Ni­tish and Modi, who is the Leader of the Op­po­si­tion in the Up­per House in the bi­cam­eral leg­is­la­ture, looked on.

The un­seemly scuf­fle took place dur­ing the ques­tion hour when JD(U) mem­ber San­jay Singh ob­jected to Modi re­fer­ring to Wa­ter Re­sources Min­is­ter Vi­jay Chaud­hary by name and said he was suf­fer­ing from some dis­ease due to which he al­ways kept blub­ber­ing some­thing.

Modi rushed into the well of the House fol­lowed by BJP mem­bers.

Af­ter the House was ad­journed and Chair­man Awdesh Narayan Singh left, a scuf­fle broke out be­tween JD(U) and BJP mem­bers.

The brawl ended af­ter se­nior mem­bers from both sides in­ter­vened and phys­i­cally sep­a­rated them with the help of House mar­shals.

Sushil Modi and other BJP lead­ers pointed fin­gers at Ni­tish Ku­mar and ac­cused him of in­sti­gat­ing Singh for the clash. He an­nounced that BJP mem­bers would boy­cott House pro­ceed­ing for the day over the in­ci­dent.

An en­raged Ni­tish Ku­mar con­demned the spat be­tween the rul­ing JD(U) and BJP MLCs and de­nied his role in the mat­ter be­fore urg­ing the Chair to rule in this re­gard.

Oth­er­wise, he said, he would be com­pelled to stay away from the House for the re­main­der of the on­go­ing bud­get ses­sion.

A JD(U) mem­ber Neeraj Ku­mar brought a res­o­lu­tion de­mand­ing sus­pen­sion of BJP mem­bers - Man­gal Pand-ey, Su­raj Nan­dan Kush­waha, Lal Babu Prasad and Satyen­dra Narayan Singh - over the in­ci­dent.

Tol­ly­wood stars Hi­ran Chat­ter­jee and Reshmi Mi­tra (R) af­ter pay­ing homage to leg­endary ac­tor Ut­tam Ku­mar on his 34th death an­niver­sary in Kolkata on Thurs­day.

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