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On day 1 of monsoon session in Bihar, RJD MLAs wear helmets, black masks to Assembly

The MLAs claimed that they were "scared, this government could get us beaten up at whim", alluding to the incident of March 23 when many party legislators were roughed up by police personnel.

By: Express News Service | Patna |
Updated: July 27, 2021 8:11:53 am
RJD MLAs reached the Assembly wearing helmets and black masks, carrying first aid kits. (ANI)

With the five-day monsoon session of Bihar Legislature beginning on Monday, an Opposition RJD MLA entered the Assembly premises wearing helmet, while another legislator carried a medical kit to serve as a reminder to the acrimonious last session in March, during which 12 Opposition MLAs were marshalled out after a scuffle with legislators from the treasury benches over passing the new police Bill.

RJD legislator Satish Das, who was among the 12 MLAs and was seen being dragged by policemen outside the House, entered the Assembly premises on Monday wearing a helmet and a black mask. He was not allowed to go inside the House with his helmet.

Fellow RJD MLA Mukesh Raushan, who had arguments with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in the Legislative Council during the last session, carried a medical kit as part of the protest against violence in the previous session.

Speaker Vijay Kumar Sinha assured a peaceful session.

During the short session, the Opposition is likely to take up the issues of caste census, compensation to families of Covid-19 victims, and soaring prices. Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Prasad Yadav has been on the same page with the CM on the demand for caste census, putting Nitish’s NDA partner BJP in an embarrassing position.

Another NDA ally, Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular), has already lent its support to caste census.

Meanwhile, in keeping with its ongoing resistance against BJP, apparently in an effort to extract more political mileage, NDA ally Vikasshil Insaan Party skipped the NDA meeting before the start of the Assembly session. Party chief and state minister Mukesh Sahni said, “There is no point in attending NDA meetings since our voice is not heard.”

Stating that there are multiple issues on which the government would be questioned inside the House, Tejashwi on Monday told the media outside the Assembly, “Right from inflation to unemployment, and poor management of the Covid-19 pandemic to Bihar now leading the charge in wastage of Covid vaccines. Caste census is surely the core issue to discuss. We only hope we have a peaceful session, unlike the last one.”

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