Bihar Assembly adjourned amid pandemonium

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Patna, Jul 25 (UNI) Proceedings of the Bihar Assembly were today severely affected following pandemonium by the Opposition members forcing the Speaker to adjourn the House for the day without transacting any serious business.

As soon as the House assembled for the day in the morning, the entire Opposition, led by the Rastriya Janta Dal(RJD) members, trooped into the well and started shouting anti-government slogans and preventing the treasury bench members from speaking.

They were criticising the government for nearly fortnight-long waterlogging in Patna and elsewhere in the state and for its alleged failures in other fronts.

Finding the situation going out of control as his repeated pleas failed to evoke any positive response from the slogan shouting Opposition, Speaker Udai Narayan Choudhuri adjourned the House twice, each for 15-minute duration before announcing the recess.

But as soon as the House re-assembled at 15-00 hours, all the Opposition members, led by Deputy leader Abul Bari Siddiqui and senior RJD MLA Shyam Rajak and others, once again rushed into the well and obstructed further proceedings of the House by shouting at the top of their voice and giving anti-government slogans.

Unpurturbed over what was going on in the well and surrounding the Reporters' desk, the Speaker asked state Urban Development Minister Bhola Singh to present his amendments to an important Bill of his department.

However, nothing was audible of what Mr Singh said.

As the slogan shouting and disruption of proceedings continued by the Opposition members for more than 20 minutes without paying any heed to the Speaker's repeated appeals for calm and participation in the debate, the House was finally adjourned by Mr Choudhuri till Monday morning.

Earlier, the members observed one-minute silence as a mark of respect to the dearpated soul of formar MLA of erstwhile Jan Sangh Sitaram Kishore Puria, who died recently at the age of 90.

Mr Puria was elected twice from Katoria constituency in early 1960s.

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