05 Dec 2012
Patna: Opposition leaders, at Bihar Assembly on Tuesday, amidst full-scale pandemonium, accused the government of stonewalling on the alleged Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) financial irregularities by refusing to order a CBI enquiry into it.
Led by Abdul Bari Siddiqui, the leader of the opposition in the Assembly, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders stood on their chairs demanding a CBI probe, said that the government was quite aware of the multi-crore rupees MNREGA scam but was refusing to acknowledge it in a clear attempt to sweep it under the rug.
When the opposition leaders refused to restore order in the house, Speaker Uday Narayan Chowdhary ordered an hour-long recess.
After the break, however, chaos resumed as opposition leaders continued to chant for a CBI probe. Chowdhary, ignoring the disorderly conduct, proceeded with the rest of the issues that was on today's agenda.
Meanwhile, Siddiqui, who had a row with Janata Dal – U leader and Rural Development Minister Nitish Mishra outside the Assembly on Monday, demanded personal apology from him saying what Mishra had said was deeply insulting and unbecoming of a minister.
As reported, Mishra, outside the Assembly, had threatened to blow the whistle on Siddiqui's son who is currently studying in Philippines.
"I know how you are financing your son's study. Don't force me to open my mouth," Mishra had reportedly said to the RJD leader.
Parliamentary Working Minister Vijendra Prasad Yadav, agreeing with Siddiqui, termed the incident as unfortunate. Leaders should refrain from making any personal allegations as it lowered the sanctity of the House, he said.
Not satisfied by Yadav's attempt to pacify him, Siddiqui said the apology must come from Mishra himself and if he refuses to do so, he should be held in contempt against the Assembly rules.