The ruling Grand Alliance members of the legislative council (MLCs) on Thursday raised the issue of a Bharatiya Janata Party MLA thrashing a party MLC for “sexually harassing” the former’s wife who is a Lok Janshakti Party MLC.
BJP MLA Niraj Kumar Singh Bablu beat up party MLC Lal Babu Prasad in the legislative council premises on Wednesday after Bablu’s wife Nutan Singh complained to him about Prasad sexually harassing her, media reports said.
Both BJP and LJP are constituents of the NDA.
Reports said some BJP members of the council present there separated the two lawmakers. No formal complaint, however, was lodged by any side.
JD(U) member Reena Yadav raised the issue in the council and RJD’s Rabri Devi sought action against BJP MLC Lal Babu Prasad.
Neeraj Kumar and Sanjay Singh of JD(U) and Dilip Chaudhary of Congress followed Rabri Devi and sought action against Prasad.
Nutan Singh was not present in the House at that time but Prasad was there, though he remained quiet.
Council chairperson Awdesh Narayan Singh said he did not receive any written complaint in this regard. He, however, said, “I will not allow any blot on the House during my tenure.” sHe said he will take cognisance of it when someone lodged a written complaint to him.
Nutan Singh’s husband Bablu, the BJP MLA from Chhatapur, did not attend the assembly during the pre-lunch session.
Leaders of Grand Alliance - JD(U), RJD and Congress - used the issue to attack BJP and NDA, but BJP leaders tried to avoid the issue.
Leader of opposition in the council Sushil Kumar Modi said that he did not receive any complaint in this regard from any side.
Deputy chief minister Tejaswi Prasad Yadav condemned the incident and demanded registration of a case against Prasad.
Yadav, son of Lalu Prasad and RJD legislature party leader in the assembly, described BJP as a “party of goondas”.
JD(U) leader Neeraj Kumar said, “BJP has formed anti-Romeo forces in Uttar Pradesh. It needs to have such a force for its party leaders in Bihar too.”