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February 22, 2024
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Congress MLA remains seated during national anthem in Bihar Assembly, oppn says – sedition case should be registered

Patna: On Tuesday, the first day of the winter session of the Bihar Legislative Assembly, the Bharatiya Janata Party took umbrage at a Congress MLA remaining seated inside the assembly when the national anthem was played on the inaugural day of winter session.

 According to the report, Congress MLA Abidur Rahman, representing Araria assembly constituency, did not stand during the national anthem. On this he said that he did not stand because of pain in his leg.

However, 55-year-old Rahman was seen standing during the two-minute silence as a mark of respect to the departed member. Later, BJP MLA Neeraj Singh Bablu told reporters that if Rahman did not stand up to honor the national anthem because of leg pain, then how did his pain disappear later? He said that Rahman stood during the silence observed in honor of the deceased member, which took longer than the national anthem, so it seemed that he deliberately disrespected the national anthem.

BJP MLA and former Deputy Chief Minister Tarkishore Prasad condemned Rahman and demanded Assembly Speaker Awadh Bihari Chowdhary to take cognizance of the “insult to the national anthem” and take appropriate action. At the same time, BJP MLA and former minister Pramod Kumar demanded registration of a sedition case against the Congress MLA.

Another BJP MLA Pramod Kumar, who is also a former minister, sought slapping of sedition charges on the erring legislator.

Before the proceedings began, BJP legislators raised slogans demanding “immediate recruitment” of 1.15 lakh teachers, for which in-principle approval had been given by the previous NDA government. They had taken placards in their hands. He also demanded ‘completion of recruitment on the total 2.34 lakh posts sanctioned during the NDA rule’. The CPI (ML)-Liberation, which is supporting the Grand Alliance government from outside, protested alleging ‘targeting of minorities by the National Investigation Agency’.

They also demanded “completion of recruitments against a total of 2.34 lakh posts approved during the the NDA rule”.

Tejashwi Yadav has to lead in the 2025 assembly elections

While presiding over the meeting of the Legislature Party of the Grand Alliance, the Chief Minister said that Tejashwi Yadav has to be put forward in the 2025 assembly elections. The Grand Alliance will contest the elections under his leadership only. In the meeting, Nitish Kumar warned all the leaders who spoke against liquor ban and said that liquor ban was done with everyone’s support. JDU, RJD Congress, MLAs and MLCs of all Left parties participated in the meeting.

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