Oppn calls on guv to sack Bihar govt
The Opposition in Bihar, barring the Congress and the NCP, urged Governor Devanand Konwar on Thursday to dismiss the state government for the alleged irregularities in the Rs 11, 412-crore anti-poverty schemes between 2002-03 and 2007-08.india Updated: Jul 23, 2010 01:54 IST
The Opposition in Bihar, barring the Congress and the NCP, urged Governor Devanand Konwar on Thursday to dismiss the state government for the alleged irregularities in the Rs 11, 412-crore anti-poverty schemes between 2002-03 and 2007-08.
Sources in the Congress said the party distanced itself from the "bunch", as it wanted to oppose the matter in a different manner. While all the 12 Lak Janshakti MLAs have put in their papers, the Congress MLAs may submit their resignation by Friday.
Also, the Nationalist Congress Party, while urging the governor to dismiss the government, castigated both the opposition and the ruling party members for their behaviour on the floor of the house.
The Opposition was belligerent from the opening day of the monsoon session on Tuesday. But things came to a head when an opposition MLA threw a slipper at Speaker Uday Narayan Choudhary on the second day of the session.
Choudhary ordered all the opposition members to be marshaled out and suspended 67 members till the end of the session.
The Rashtriya Janata Dal-led delegation, comprising MLAs and MLCs of the Lok Janshakti Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, the Left parties and three independent members, also demanded the removal of Choudhary in a memorandum to the governor.
Referring to the unruly scenes, the memorandum said the ruling party members, including ministers Giriraj Singh and Gautam Singh, attacked the opposition members on the instigation of the CM.
But as the Governor assured the delegation in front of the media that he would look into the matter, the JD (U) smelt a rat. It found the manner in which the opposition delegation was "entertained" and the media was called to cover the event to be strange.
The BJP mounted a strong defence of the NDA government in Bihar, which has been charged with embezzlement of funds after a CAG report pointed to accounting irregularities in development schemes there.
Spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad had two key arguments: first, the CAG report referred to a six-year period in which the NDA government was in place for just two, and that "accounting anomalies"were being maliciously called a "scam" by the RJD and Congress.
First Published: Jul 23, 2010 01:51 IST