Ranchi: Call it an Anna Effect! Generally the state assemblies are a testimony to pandemonium, but the unique method adopted by the legislators belonging to the Opposition in Jharkhand to remain silent has caught the ruling alliance on the wrong foot.

Taken by surprise, the Speaker had to thrice call for the meeting of Business Advisory Committee (BAC) of Jharkhand Assembly. Annoyed by the adamant stand of the Jharkhand government to permit the supply of low grade iron ore (Fines) to other states, the Opposition members of the assembly resigned from BAC, hence closing all doors for parleys.

The ruling alliance and the Opposition had locked horns over the state government decision to permit the supply.

With the commencement of the assembly proceeding, the Congress, JVM and RJD MLAs who had posted stickers on their shirts trooped in the well of the House and sat silently.

The adamant attitude of the protestors even forced speaker CP Singh to adjourn the proceedings twice.

In order to end the deadlock, Chief Minister Arjun Munda intervened and by deferring the decision on low-grade iron (Fines) proposed to the Opposition to consider the matter again. But the Opposition remained adamant on its demand for cancellation of the official notification in this context.

Consequently, the Assembly proceedings could not be carried forward on the second day. The Speaker wanted the BAC to resolve the matter, but his efforts went in vain.

Witnessing the rising protest, the leader of the Opposition Rajinder Singh, JVM legislative leader Pradeep Yadav, RJD’s Annapurna Devi, Congress’ Geetasri Oram, JVM's Arvind Singh, Jharkhand Janadhikar Forum’s Bandhu Tirkey, Vinod Kumar of BAC decided to render their resignation jointly.

The Speaker who is also the Ex-Officio Chairman of BAC has yet not accepted their resignations.

(JPN/ Bureau)