The Jharkhand Vidhan Sabha — an assembly of 81 legislators — is jinxed!
That's what the assembly officials under Governor's rule think.
So, in order to rid it of evil spirits, which don't allow any government to last a full five-year term, architects specialising in vastu have been called in to supervise renovation and reconstruction of the building.
"Nothing is in the proper place in Jharkhand. The Vidhan Sabha, the lakes, officials buildings – all have vastu dosh (defects)," said eminent astrologer Pandit Sunil Burman.
Burman has time and again warned that unless changes are made in the building and its interiors, political uncertainty would continue to haunt the state and plague the common man.
The assembly, which is under suspended animation since June 1, has seen as many as seven governments come and go within a span of 10 years.
Assembly Speaker C.P. Singh said some changes were being made in the seating arrangements, including his own office in Lenin Hall and in the visitors' gallery.
Chief architect D. Dey who is supervising the renovation work said, "It does make lot of difference if you follow vastu while constructing or renovating a building."
He hopes that with the changes being carried out in the House, the next government would last a full term.
Astrologers said many chief ministers had taken oaths at inauspicious times despite warnings from learned interpreters of planetary movements.
"It's good to hear that good sense has prevailed on the Vidhan Sabha authorities and that they have consulted vastu experts for changes," said
Burman. "Vastu is not superstition but science," he underlined.
Previously a property of the public sector Heavy Engineering Corporation, the assembly building was used as a hostel for Soviet and Czech engineers, with whose expertise HEC was built in 1958.