PATNA: Bihar assembly witnessed an unpleasant scene on Tuesday after two lawmakers nearly came to blows after one of them allegedly hurled abuses at his rival. Thanks to the immediate intervention by the lawmakers present there, the situation was saved from spiraling out of control.
Witnesses said Bhai Birendra, a lawmaker from the opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), was objecting to the state government’s move to control sale of construction materials in the state when a ruling party lawmaker Birendra Singh allegedly poked his nose, leading to a heated debate during which the latter allegedly hurled abuses at his rival.
Singh hails from ruling Janata Dal United (JD-U) which is headed by chief minister Nitish Kumar.
Local TV grabs saw the rival lawmakers indulging in heated debate and the others lawmakers prohibiting them from going near. But for the immediate intervention by other lawmakers, the Bihar state assembly really would have been a witness to an unsavory scene.
“The rival lawmaker hurled abuses at him (Bhai Birendra) without any provocation. The situation would have turned violent had we taken interests but we not the least interested and didn’t want to make the state assembly into a battle field,” said a RJD lawmaker Surendra Prasad Yadav who was a witness to the entire drama.
The opposition lawmakers said they were surprised at the way JD-U lawmaker was hurling abuses at his rival colleague. They have advised the ruling party lawmakers to maintain restraint and decorum of the House.
Angry RJD lawmakers later met the Assembly Speaker Vijay Kumar Chaudhary and sought punitive action against the accused JD-U lawmaker.
They have threatened to disrupt the proceedings of state assembly until the lawmaker in question was not suspended from the state assembly and the accused lawmaker didn’t tender public apology.
The JD-U lawmaker denied the charges and instead accused him rival of passing derogatory remarks against him. “Why should I tender public apology? I have not committed any mistake,” claimed the JD-U lawmaker.