PATNA: Amid protests by BJP MLAs over non-acceptance of their adjournment motions over law and order situation in the state, Speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhary adjourned the proceedings of the Bihar Legislative Assembly till 2 PM today.
BJP legislator and Chief Whip Arun Kumar Sinha requested the Speaker right on the outset of Question Hour to adjourn the working of the House to discuss the law and order situation in the state.
Before the Speaker could answer, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shravan Kumar cited the rules for demanding adjournment and said everything should be brought up according to the rules framed for the working of the Assembly.
At this, the Leader of the Opposition Nand Kishore Yadav took the mike and denounced the state government saying "a reign of terror" and 'jungle raj" was prevailing in Bihar.
"The way people were murdered and witnesses were killed during the 15 years rule of Lalu Prasad and RJD seems to have come back in the state. The rule of law has been blown to smithereens and you all are talking about rules," said Yadav.
"The House is for deliberating over the issues of the public and the rules are also for the public," Yadav said.
Chaudhary intervened at this point calling for the BJP legislators to come through the proper channel regarding their demand for adjournment.
The Question Hour went on smoothly. In the meantime, three BJP MLAs including Sinha, Arun Shankar and Achyutanand moved separate adjournment motions. These were put up before the Speaker during the Zero Hour, but he rejected them.
The BJP legislators, on the refusal of their demand, entered the well of the House shouting slogans and showing posters like 'sarkar hosh mein aao, hatya loot band karo' (Government come into senses, stop murder and loot) and 'Lalu-Nitish Gathbandhan ki ore, Bihar Jungle Raj ki ore' (Bihar is slipping into Jungle Raj after Lalu - Nitish have entered into alliance).
Meanwhile, Chaudhary continued with the Zero Hour, finishing the business quickly and then took up 'Calling Attention' notices moved by the legislators. Sixteen minutes into the proceedings, he adjourned the house till 2 PM.
Coming out of the Assembly, Yadav said, "It is a sorry thing that our proposal to adjourn the proceedings of the House to recognise the deteriorating law and order situation in Bihar was not accepted. We'll continue to raise the issue in the interest of the people of the state."
"A reign of terror is prevailing in the state after Nitish Kumar joined hands with Lalu Prasad. In Siwan, two brothers were killed by drenching them in acid," he said.
The third brother, who was the only remaining witness in the case was killed recently by criminals, that too in the vicinity of a police patrolling party. This doesn't augur well for the state," added Yadav.