Jharkhand assembly disrupted for third day over domicile policy

Ranchi, March 17 (IANS) The Jharkhand assembly witnessed disruptions for the third consecutive day on Thursday as the opposition continued to demand formulation of a domicile policy to protect the interests of the indigenous people of the state.

The opposition members indulged in ‘Gandhigiri’ both inside and outside the assembly, handing out roses to ruling BJP legislators and ministers.

They also created a ruckus in the assembly, forcing Speaker Dinesh Oraon to adjourn the house twice.

As the house assembled at 11 a.m., opposition members displayed cards to demand formulation of the policy. They also trooped into the well of the house, shouting slogans.

Expressing his displeasure, the speaker said: “If the members do not want to run the house, it will be adjourned sine die. The decency in the house should be maintained.”

The opposition members however continued shouting slogans in the well.

Leader of the opposition Hemant Soren asked the state government to bring a law on the issue and said that the assembly session could be extended if need be.

Chief Minister Raghubar Das said the government was serious about the policy issue and that no politics should be done on such matters.

He assured that the government will formulate the domicile policy this year but the opposition seemed dissatisfied.

The house was first adjourned till 12.30 p.m. and then till 2 p.m. The government and opposition benches indulged in a political slugfest over many issues, throwing the house into pandemonium.

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