Bihar Assembly Session Adjourned Amid Protests Over Anti-Muslim Slurs by BJP MLA, Mob Lynching

  • The Bihar parliament was adjourned on Monday for an urgent meeting of the business advisory committee, as opposition members appeared intent on putting the Nitish Kumar government on the defensive over a number of problems. Several members of the opposition parties, primarily the RJD, marched into the well as soon as the House convened at 11 a.m., seeking the suspension of BJP MLA Haribhushan Thakur Bachaul.

  • Bachaul is in the middle of a firestorm after telling the media last week that Muslims in India should be denied voting rights and treated as second-class citizens. Following Speaker Vijay Kumar Sinha's repeated requests, opposition MLAs returned to their places and began informing the Chair of their concerns.

  • Aside from Bachaul's comments, two more points were brought up. These included a reported mob lynching of a JD(U) worker in Samastipur by suspected cow vigilantes, as well as police zeal in enforcing prohibition, which had lately gotten the Speaker's goat in his own assembly seat. Vijay Kumar Chaudhary, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, stood to respond on behalf of the government. The opposition, on the other hand, appeared unhappy and continued to demand "Karya mantrana samiti ki baithak" (meeting of the business advisory committee).

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