New Delhi: The Congress-led Joint Opposition on Tuesday protested wby staging a walkout from the Rajya Sabha allegedly for misusing the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in the Bihar hooch tragedy.
Several parliamentarians from parties belonging to Rashtriya Janata Dal, Janata Dal (United), Trinamool Congress, and the Congress walked out from the Upper House raising the issue when Zero Hour was being conducted.
Meanwhile, in the Lok Sabha today BJP MP Ravi Shankar Prasad and Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas) MP Chirag Paswan raised the issue of the Bihar hooch tragedy.
The senior BJP MP said that an NHRC team should visit the state while Paswan demanded an imposition of President’s Rule and a CBI probe.
In a press briefing held after the Opposition walked out of the House in Rajya Sabha, RJD leader Manoj Jha accused the BJP-led Central government of misusing the NHRC and using it as a “political tool” in Bihar hooch tragedy issue.
“NHRC is being used as a political tool in Bihar hooch tragedy issue,” said Jha, adding “Prime Minster Narendra Modi’s own state Gujarat faces hooch tragedy on every third month but the NHRC never visited there”.
“NHRC neither visited to probe Morbi nor the killing of hundreds of people in Aligarh (Uttar Pradesh), Madhya Pradesh and Haryana. The entire Opposition walked out of the house in protest of ‘partition role’ of the NHRC,” Jha said.
Bihar Hooch Tragedy
The tragic incident was reported last week from Bihar’s Saran district in which over 60 people were killed by consuming spurious liquor at a local joint. After the deaths, angry villagers blocked the Masrakh Hanuman Chowk on Bihar State Highway 90 and raised slogans against the district administration.
The incident triggered a political slugfest in the Bihar assembly, with opposition leaders mounting a strong attack on Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over a spate of deaths due to consumption of illicit liquor in the state.
Later, an irate Nitish Kumar lost his cool in the assembly and snapped at opposition MLAs who targeted the government over prohibition in the state.
The Bihar chief minister on last Thursday again said the last time, when people died due to spurious liquor, someone said they should be compensated. “If someone consumes liquor, they’ll die – example is before us. This should be condoled, those places should be visited and people be explained.”
“Even when there was no liquor ban here, people died due to spurious liquor -even in other states. People should be alert. As there is a liquor ban here, something spurious will be sold due to which people die. Liquor is bad and shouldn’t be consumed,” Nitish has said.
Sale and consumption of alcohol were banned in Bihar by the Nitish Kumar government in April 2016.
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