The alleged illegal allotment of the Bihar Industrial Area Development Authority (BIADA) land to wards of ministers, legislators, MPs and bureaucrats rocked the state legislative council on Tuesday.
As soon as the house assembled for the day, the leader of opposition in the council and RJD member Ghulam Gauss, while raising the issue, alleged that violating all rules and regulations, prime plots of the BIADA, worth crores of rupees, were allotted to children and close relatives of political leaders and powerful bureaucrats.
He said that such illegal allotment of government land in the state was primarily responsible for incidents like Forbesganj police firing in which four innocent lives were lost.
Appealing to bring an adjournment motion, he requested chairman Tara Kant Jha to allow a debate on the matter, as it was of vital importance and was pregnant with wider implications.
The chairman, however, turned down the plea on the ground that some opposition leaders had already applied for a call attention motion on the Forbesganj police firing and July 21 had been fixed for the same.
Not satisfied with the chairman’s ruling, the RJD and Congres members trooped into the well of the house demanding immediate cancellation of the allotments and resignation of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over the alleged “sarkari loot” of the BIADA plots. The slogans, "Zameen chor, gaddhi chor" and "Zameen ghotale ka janch karao" rent the air.
Finding it difficult to run the house, the chairman adjourned it till 1 pm. But when the council met again, the agitating members did not give up their demand and kept pressing for a debate on the issue. The opposition leaders including Chandan Bagchi and Nawal Kishore Yadav sat on dharna raising anti-government slogans.
Defending the government, deputy leader in the council Ganga Prasad said that the opposition members had no right to question the credibility of the government by leveling false allegations against relatives of ministers and bureaucrats.
Their intention was only to stall the proceedings of house, he added. Undeterred by such utterances, the RJD and Congress members kept raising the slogans, thus forcing the chairman to adjourn the house till the lunch recess. Later talking to newsmen, Gauss said that illegal allotment of government land would cause heart burning and ultimately lead to strife in the state.