#Watch: Nitish Kumar, Speaker Vijay Kumar Sinha's heated exchange in Bihar Assembly

Patna (Bihar):

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and state Assembly Speaker Vijay Kumar Sinha on Monday had a heated exchange in the Bihar Assembly regarding whether a matter being investigated by the state government and also referred to the privilege committee could be raised on the floor of the House “again and again”.

According to news agency PTI, Nitish Kumar expressed his outrage when Sinha asked state minister Bijendra Yadav to appraise the House, after a couple of days, of the action taken with regard to an incident in Lakhisarai — which is also Sinha’s Assembly constituency.

“The Minister has been authorised to reply on behalf of the government. When he has submitted that inquiry is under way, you ask him to come up with a fresh reply the day after tomorrow. This is against the rules. Please look at the Constitution”, Nitish Kumar said.

“It is for the government and the police to take action in such matters. The report of the investigation has to be submitted before the court. Is the House empowered to intervene in the matter? I am serving my fourth term as the Chief Minister. I was also a member of the Assembly once. Never have I seen such a procedural anomaly. Please don’t run the House in this manner,” added the Bihar Chief Minister.

As per the news agency’s report, Sinha began on a pacifying note, expressing the respect he had for the chief minister’s knowledge and experience, besides acknowledging Kumar’s support “which helped my elevation to this Chair”.

“But please understand my predicament. Initially, I had tried not to indulge any discussion in the matter after it was referred to the privilege committee. But members from the treasury benches and the opposition have created a ruckus again and again. After all, I am supposed to be the custodian of the House”, Sinha said.

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