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Jharkhand passes disqualification bill

Calling it 'black bill', the Opposition sought resignation of four NDA MLAs accused of holding offices of profit.
None | By Press Trust of India, Ranchi
UPDATED ON MAR 24, 2006 03:44 PM IST

The Jharkhand Assembly was on Friday adjourned indefinitely following uproarious scenes even as the Jharkhand Legislature (Removal Of Disqualification) 2006 Bill and state budget was passed through voice vote.

Ten minutes into the first hour, Speaker Inder Singh Namdhari adjourned the house till noon after opposition MLAs raised anti-government slogans and demanded resignation of four NDA MLAs allegedly holding offices of profit.

The MLAs once again trooped to the well of the House when Namdhari took up the Jharkhand Legislature (Removal Of Disqualification) 2006 Bill at noon.

Terming it as a "black bill", some opposition members overturned the House reporters' table and chairs.

Amidst the pandemonium, the bill and the budget were passed through voice vote and the speaker adjourned the House indefinitely. The session was scheduled to end on March 29.

The four NDA MLAs accused of holding offices of profit are Karia Munda, who heads the 20-point programme implementation committee, Chhatruram Mahto heading the state Agriculture Marketing Board, Saryu Roy, holding the post of Vice-Chairman of the state Planning Board and Khiru Mahto, Chairman of the Hazaribag Mines Board.

The house had also been plunged into pandemonium on Thursday in the post-lunch session after the opposition demanded that the four MLAs quit.

Chief Minister Arjun Munda, however, asserted all four, three belonging to BJP and one of JD(U), were "protected" by a 1950 Act enacted when Bihar was undivided.

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