Patna: Two opposition lawmakers on Monday reached the Bihar House riding a bullock cart to highlight issues concerning the farming class.
However, they were stopped by security personnel from entering inside the main gate of the House.
Security personnel engrossed in extensively checking of vehicles making their way inside the main gate of the state assembly were surprised when two Congress party lawmakers, Amit Kumar Tunna and Prem Chandra Mishra, reached the gate riding a bullock cart.
They were asked to furnish security passes, which they failed to produce, as a result of which they were prevented from entering, leading to heated debate between them.
“The farming class has been living in distress and we have come to register symbolic protests over their issue but are being prevented from doing do. If the costlier luxury vehicles ferrying leaders can be allowed to go inside the assembly premises, why can’t the bullock carts?” asked Tunna.
He said there was no one to raise the issue of farmers as they are living in distress and selling their products at throwaway prices.
“We had come to wake up the government from deep slumber but were treated with disdain,” he said, adding the government couldn’t escape from its responsibility towards farmers and would have to act.
The Congress leadership has suddenly turned to farmers and been aggressively raising their issues apparently emboldened by the spectacular performance of the party in the recent state polls to three Indian states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh where the party wrested power from the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). What worked wonders for the party was the pre-poll promise of waiving off loans for farmers. The party is working on the same strategy in Bihar too.
In sharp contrast to the Congress party, some BJP lawmakers reached the House wearing T-shirts embossed with the slogans of ‘NaMo Again’. ‘NaMo’ is the short form of Narendra Modi and what the BJP wanted to convey was a brave face amid growing resentment among the masses towards the BJP over its failure to keep up its poll promise.
Today was the first day of the budget session of the Bihar assembly and the government claimed the state was moving on fast track of sustained inclusive growth with justice to all.
“The present government is committed to bringing the state at par with the developed states of the country,” Bihar governor Lalji Tandon said addressing the joint session of the state legislature.