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BJP MLC suspended, reinstated within hours in Bihar house

BJP lawmaker Lal Babu Prasad had snatched papers from Bihar excise minister Abdul Jalil Mastan, who had earlier made uncharitable remarks against PM Modi.

india Updated: Mar 28, 2017 15:51 IST
HT Correspondent
Opposition leaders demanding resignation of excise and prohibition minister Abdul Jalil Mastan, demonstrating outside Bihar assembly, in Patna recently.
Opposition leaders demanding resignation of excise and prohibition minister Abdul Jalil Mastan, demonstrating outside Bihar assembly, in Patna recently. (AP Dube/HT file photo)

Bihar legislative council chairman took back the suspension of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member Lal Babu Prasad within hours of pronouncing the verdict on Tuesday.

The member was suspended around noon on Tuesday for “unruly conduct” in the house a day earlier. However, his suspension was taken back on the request of senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi even before the day’s session ended.

Prasad’s suspension was taken back on the request of senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi who appealed to the chairman to revoke the suspension order.

Prasad had on Monday taken away the paper from Bihar excise and prohibition minister Abdul Jalil Mastan when he was replying to a call attention motion, moved by the JD(U).

Council chairman Awadhesh Narayan Singh announced Prasad’s suspension after an all-party meeting and having gone through the video footage (of the incident that occurred in the house).

Prasad had termed the chairman’s decision to suspend him as one having been done “under pressure of the ruling Grand Alliance government”. The JD(U), however, supported it.

The BJP has been baying for the minister’s blood ever since his provocative speech and outrageous remarks against the Prime Minister recently.

According to a PTI report, Mastan had kicked up a controversy by asking a crowd gathered at a programme at his Amour assembly constituency in Purnia district on February 22 to protest the Centre’s demonetisation move and to beat the photograph of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with shoes.

When the government did not budge from its stand of not sacking Mastan from the council of ministers, that the BJP had demanded, the saffron party resolved to boycott him in both the houses.

In pursuance of their resolve to boycott the minister’s speech, Prasad had on Monday rushed to the well of the house, saying they (the BJP) would not hear any reply from the minister and renewed the demand to sack Mastan from the cabinet for allegedly making “uncharitable” remarks against the Prime Minister in Purnia district.

Mastan had begun replying to a call attention motion moved by Dinesh Prasad Singh of the JD(U) when the commotion began.

Other members of the BJP joined Prasad in the well and raised slogans against the minister. Prasad tried to snatch file from the minister, while another BJP member made attempts to uproot the microphone the minister was using.

Sensing the gravity of the situation, the chairman had adjourned the house for 30 minutes on Monday.

When the house re-assembled, Congress member Dilip Kumar Choudhary moved a proposal, seeking suspension of Prasad and Krishna Kumar. It was supported by the JD(U), RJD and CPI members, while BJP opposed it. The chairman had reserved his ruling for Tuesday.

The over month-long budget session is scheduled to conclude on March 31.