Disqualification Bill passed in Jharkhand
The entire opposition rushed to the well raising anti-government slogans and demanded resignation of four NDA MLAs.india Updated: Mar 24, 2006 20:53 IST
Amidst hurling of chairs and overturning of tables by opposition UPA members, Jharkhand Assembly on Friday passed a controversial bill to protect four NDA MLAs from possible disqualification on the ground of their holding of offices of profit.
The entire opposition rushed to the well raising anti-government slogans and demanded resignation of four NDA MLAs accusing them of holding offices of profit.
This happened as soon as Speaker Inder Singh Namdhari took up the Jharkhand Legislature (Removal Of Disqualification) 2006 Bill to protect the four MLAs.
The MLAs are Karia Munda, who heads the 20-point programme implementation committee, Chhatruram Mahto heading the state Agriculture Marketing Board, Saryu Roy, Vice-chairman of the state Planning Board and Khiru Mahto, Chairman of the Hazaribag Mines Board.
Terming it as a 'black bill', some opposition members overturned the House reporters' table and chairs and marshals had a tough time to shield the Speaker as the members tried to climb the chairs to protest against the bill.
Some chairs were flung and tables were overturned.
Amidst chaos, the bill was passed through voice vote and the Speaker abruptly adjourned the House infdefinitely.
The session was scheduled to end on March 29.
Chief Minister Arjun Munda, however, claimed all the four MLAs, three belonging to BJP and one of JD(U), were 'protected' by a 1950 Act enacted when Bihar was undivided.