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‘Beat me but don’t disrupt proceedings’: Speaker amid ruckus over namaz room in Jharkhand assembly

Ruckus by the opposition BJP over the allotment of a room for offering namaz in the assembly had disrupted proceedings on Monday as well.

By: PTI | Ranchi |
Updated: September 7, 2021 4:24:07 pm
BJP legislatures wearing traditional attire chanting Vedic hymns and reading 'Hanuman Chalisa' during a protest against Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren on his decision for allocating a room to offer 'Namaz' inside Jharkhand Assembly during ongoing Budget Session in Ranchi on Tuesday. (PTI Photo)

Chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and Hanuman Chalisa, BJP MLAs in saffron outfits trooped into the Well of the Jharkhand assembly on Tuesday in protest over the namaz room, disrupting House proceedings.

As soon as the House assembled for the day, the BJP members began their protest over the namaz room and the state’s employment policy even as Speaker Rabindra Nath Mahto repeatedly urged them to allow the conduct of business.

Unrelenting, the members continued to chant slogans during Question Hour, leading to an adjournment till 12.30 pm.

“No disrespect would be tolerated to the chair. If you are angry, beat me but don’t disrupt the proceedings,” the speaker told the protesting MLAs.

BJP MLAs protest againt Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren and Jharkhand Assembly Speaker Rabindra Nath Mahato after the State Governments order towards allotment of a room in the Assembly House for the purpose of offering ‘namaz’, in Ranchi on Monday. (PTI Photo)

“Please go back to your seats…I am pained. The Chair is not a subject for mockery. Yesterday, you behaved badly…This is the question of the faith of 3.5 crore people and your conduct gives pain,” he added.

In reply, BJP MLA CP Singh said though the Business Advisory Committee had decided to take up the employment policy issue, it was changed.

“This is an emotional statement. We are also sad. Speaker is supreme in the assembly but it hurts when we see that your behaviour is not impartial,” he told Mahto.

Amid the din, the speaker asked BJP MLA Bhanu Pratap Shahi to respect Hanuman Chalisa and not to use it for political gains.

Mahto said may ‘Bajrang Bali’ grant wisdom to the agitating MLAs.

Before the start of the day, BJP MLAs sat on the stairs at the entrance of the assembly and chanted Hanuman Chalisa while Deoghar MLA Narayan Das wore a garland made of ‘belpatra’.

Ruckus by the opposition BJP over the allotment of a room for offering namaz in the assembly had disrupted proceedings on Monday as well.

The BJP is demanding the recall of the order pertaining to the allotment of the namaz room.

The speaker has allotted room number TW 348 for offering namaz, prompting demand from the BJP to build a Hanuman temple and places of worship of other religions in the assembly premises.

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