BJP suspends Bihar MLC for misbehaving with woman legislator
BJP acts tough, suspends MLC over alleged misconduct with a woman MLC on the legislative council premises. The incident had rocked both houses of the Bihar legislature on Thursday.Updated: Mar 31, 2017 12:02 IST
Hindustan Times, Patna
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday suspended its party MLC Lal Babu Prasad from primary membership of the party over alleged misconduct with a woman MLC of the LJP.
Confirming the suspension, BJP MLC and senior leader Vinod Narayan Jha said the party had suspended Prasad with immediate effect and would now issue him a show-cause notice. He said the action was taken based on media reports of his alleged misbehavior that had tarnished the party image.
Earlier, on Thursday, Prasad did not find a place in the reconstituted state BJP executive committee. He was vice-president of the state BJP in the outgoing executive committee.
Meanwhile, Bihar legislative council chairman Awadhesh Narayan Singh on Friday referred the matter to the house ethics committee for inquiry.
Council chairman had taken cognizance of the issue after several women members raised the matter in the house on Thursday.
Leader of the opposition in the council, Sushil Kumar Modi, had earlier claimed that nothing had happened. “I have talked to the persons, who were said to be involved in the incident, but all of them denied it.”
Modi had earlier said that he summoned the warring party members on Thursday based on media reports.
The ruling Grand Alliance (GA) had gone on the offensive on the issue. Deputy chief minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav of the RJD, a partner of JD(U) and Congress in the ruling GA, had accused Modi of trying to shield the guilty MLC. Education minister and Congress leader Ashok Chaudhary said the BJP was trying to hush up the matter, which reflected the BJP’s character.
“Till yesterday the BJP was shielding Prasad and today it has suspended him. This exposes the real functioning of the BJP,” said former chief minister Rabri Devi of the RJD.
The JD(U), which welcomed the move to suspend Prasad, however, questioned the delay in action.
A scuffle reportedly took place between BJP MLA Niraj Kumar Bablu and Prasad over party MLC’s alleged misconduct with Bablu’s wife, Nutan Singh, also an MLC of the LJP on Wednesday. However, both men had then denied having been involved in any such incident.
Sources in the council said Bablu had written to the chairman about the whole incident related to Prasad’s misdemeanour, and sought action against him.
First Published: Mar 31, 2017 12:02 IST