Patna:  Reports of police lathicharge over agitating contractual teachers here on Monday night, triggered strong protest by opposition in both Houses of Bihar Legislature on Tuesday.
Question hour could not be taken up in Legislative Council due to strong protest staged by opposition RJD, Congress and CPI. As the House sat for the day to take up question hour in the Council, opposition members rose from their seat and raised slogans against the government over reports of police lathicharge over agitating contractual teachers. They were demanding statement from the government on the incident.
When repeated persuasions failed to yield result, Chairman Awdesh Narayan Singh adjourned the House for one hour. Similar protests were witnessed in the Legislative Assembly too. Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Abdul Bari Siddiqui raised the issue of police lathicharge on contractual teachers and demanded a statement from Education minister P K Shahi.
With Shahi refusing to entertain opposition demand, Siddiqui alleged that the government was "blind" towards problem of contractual teachers who are demanding regularization of job and pay parity with regular teachers. Congress Legislature party leader Sadanand Singh also protested use of force on agitating teachers who are still on protest dharna. Senior minister Nand Kishore Yadav told the House that the government was sensitive towards problem of teachers and was looking into the matter.


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