Patna | Bihar legislative council followed the state assembly in recognising JD(U) as principal opposition party in the House and gave status of leader of opposition to Nitish Kumar today. Legislative council chairperson Awdesh Narayan Singh accepted plea of JD(U) that it be given status of opposition in the house.
Nitish Kumar, who is a member of the legislative council, has been recognised as Leader of Opposition in the house accordingly, Singh said. The decision, he said, has been taken in accordance with the laid down rules. Nitish Kumar has replaced BJP’s Sushil Kumar Modi, who would be leader of BJP LP in the Council, Singh said.
In the 75-member Bihar legislative council, JD(U) has 41 members, BJP 16, RJD 5, Congress 4, CPI 2 and Independent 7. JD(U) was granted the status of the principal opposition party in the assembly too and its leader Vijay Chaudhary the leader of the opposition during the day, just a day ahead of the crucial floor test by Jitan Ram Manjhi.
Newly elected leader of JD (U) legislature party, Nitish Kumar, had earlier this week written to the assembly speaker to allow JD (U) to sit in the opposition and also grant recognition to Mr Choudhary as the leader of opposition in the legislative assembly.
Recognition of JD(U) as main opposition in lower house provoked BJP legislators to hold a dharna outside the speaker’s chamber in the assembly premises to protest the decision.
The agitating BJP legislators charged the speaker with acting at the behest of JD(U). They were also seen jostling and pushing the chief marshal of the legislative assembly.
Quick to respond to speaker’s writ, senior BJP leader and leader of opposition in the assembly Nand Kishore Yadav surrendered every facility he was enjoying by virtue of holding the constitutional post. He termed the speaker’s action as unconstitutional.
‘Bihar is being run by JD (U) government. All the ministers are either JD(U) MLAs or MLCs. Granting recognition to JD(U) as the opposition is absolutely unconstitutional under the circumstances’, Yadav asserted, wondering, how could the same party be on the treasury benches and in the opposition as well at the same time.
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