Patna: Opposition BJP and its allies on Friday created ruckus in the Bihar Assembly over the alleged soaring crime graph in the state in the wake of recent killing of few opposition leaders, thus forcing adjournment in both Houses.
As the House sat for the day, Leader of Opposition Prem Kumar pointed to an adjournment notice given by four party MLAs and urged Speaker Vijay Chaudhary to take up the issue before other listed issues.
The Chair said that the House would take it up as per rules at some other time. But, this did not satisfy the opposition who trooped into Well of the House and raised anti-government slogans.
The law and order issue forced an adjournment in the Legislative Council as well. Amid the din in the Assembly, the Leader of the Opposition was heard mentioning about murder of LJP leader Brijnathi Singh, BJP state Vice President Visheshwar Ojha, BJP leader Kedar Singh and the alleged rape of a minor girl by RJD MLA Raj Ballabh Yadav.
He alleged that Raj Ballabh Yadav, RJD MLA from Nawada remained out of reach of the police even after two weeks of the crime due to "shelter provided by the ruling party."
The Leader of the Opposition alleged that "jungle raj" has returned in the state under grand secular alliance government of Rashtriya Janata Dal(RJD), Janata Dal(United) and Congress and mocked at Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's claim that "rule of law" prevailed in the state.
Repeated requests by the Chair were ignored by BJP, Lok Janshakti Party and Rashtriya Lok Samta Party legislators who continued to remain in the Well and raised slogans against the government. With pandemonium prevailing in the House, the Speaker first adjourned the House till 12 o'clock and later till 2pm.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar left the Assembly after five minutes when members created din and did not allow functioning of the House.
The House also witnessed a war of words between senior minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav and BJP leader Nand Kishore Yadav over the issue.
Nand Kishore Yadav accused the minister of "dictating" the Chair which was rubbished by the Speaker.
Parliamentary Affairs minister Shrawan Kumar and Deputy Leader of the ruling party in the House Shyam Rajak said the opposition was not abiding by the rules of the House. Later, talking to reporters outside Legislative Council, former chief minister Rabri Devi rubbished the allegation of return of "jungle raj" in Bihar.
"The jungle raj is prevailing under Central government in Delhi and not in Bihar," she said.
Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi, MLC, assailed the grand secular alliance over failing to improve crime situation within three months of coming into power.