Budget Session Ends Amidst Protest by RJD Leaders

Opposition leaders protesting outside Bihar Assembly on Tuesday.

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Patna: The last day of the budget session at the state Assembly on Tuesday was no less chaotic than the rest of the days as opposition leaders disrupted the House proceedings throughout the day demanding action against Bihar police for using excessive force against those who were marching in the protest rally against the recent Supreme Court ruling on Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe Act.

Opposition leaders led by the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) in the Bihar Assembly chanted anti-Supreme Court, anti-Narendra Modi, and anti-Nitish slogans accusing the latter two of not fighting hard enough against the apex court that recently made some amendments in the SC/ST Act triggering the wrath of non-NDA leaders like Tejaswi Yadav and Jitan Ram Manjhi.

The ruckus was initiated by RJD leader Subodh Kumar who, from the moment the House convened on Tuesday, demanded adjournment of the session on the issue of amendment in the SC/ST Act.

The RJD leader complained that despite Bihar being his home state, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Union Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad failed to stand up to the 'bullying tactics of a rogue Supreme Court'.

When the Deputy Speaker Haroon Rashid tried to stop RJD leaders from making noise, they trooped into the well and began chanting anti-Modi, anti-Nitish slogans.

Reacting strongly at the opposition allegations, Janata Dal – U legislator Neeraj Kumar said that those who did not know that this matter had nothing to do with the state Assembly were complaining about Law Minister not raising the issue before the Supreme Court in a proper, stronger manner.

"Some people don't mind going to the court to obtain bails but are too afraid to go to the court to demand justice for SC/ST. Just because some groups were calling for Bharat Bandh, parties like RJD and HAM used the opportunity to ride on their coat-tails for advancing their own political agendas. Three people in need of urgent medical care died in Bihar after their ambulances were stopped by the protestors on Monday. Can the opposition leaders explain who should be held responsible for these unfortunate deaths?" Kumar asked.

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