BJP MLAs protest against room allotment for ‘Namaz’ in Jharkhand assembly

Ranchi, Sept 07 (KMS): Ruckus by the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over allotment of a room for offering namaz in Jharkhand assembly disrupted proceedings.

Before the session began, BJP MLAs sat on the stairs at the entrance of the assembly chanting Hanuman Chalisa and ‘Hare Rama’ with placards.

As soon as the proceedings for the day began, the BJP members trooped into the Well chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’.

They were demanding the recall of the order pertaining to allotment of the namaz room.

Speaker Ravindra Nath Mahto urged relentless BJP members, including Bhanu Pratap Shahi, to return to their seats. “You are good members. Please cooperate with the Chair,” Mahato said.

However, as the ruckus continued, the speaker adjourned the House till 12.45 pm. The BJP workers on Sunday had burnt the effigies of Chief Minister Hemant Soren and the speaker during protests across the state against the decision.

The speaker has allotted room number TW 348 for offering namaz, prompting protest from the BJP that demanded building of a temple and places of worship of other religions in the assembly premises.