New Delhi: The members of Parliament of the BJP and JD(U) from Bihar on Wednesday created a ruckus on the floor over the issue of shortage of coal for the Barauni thermal power plant which forced an adjournment of the House.

When Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal rose to reply during the Question Hour, JD(U) members namely, Dinesh Chandra Yadav, Jagdish Sharma, Ranjan Prasad Yadav, Meena Singh, Baidyanath Prasad Mahato, Maheshwar Hazari, Arjun Rai, Jai Narain Prasad Nishad and Dr Monazir Hassan among others raised slogans in the Well over the step-motherly treatment to Bihar in connection with coal linkages for power plants.

They also waved placards demanding the Centre to stop discrimination with the state on coal linkages. Thrusting in their support, the BJP MPs from Bihar urged an immediate sanction of coal linkages to the power plants in the state.

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar adjourned the House till noon. However, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh discussed the issue with Jaiswal.

JD(U)’s Arjun Rai alleged, though the expansion of Barauni thermal power plant was announced as a part of the government’s expansion plan, the Centre did not provide coal to the aforesaid plant.

Jai Narain Prasad stated that the Bihar State Electricity Board (BSEB) has decided to award a contract to the Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) in order to replace the two units (2x110 MW) with three new units for the generation of 250 MW each. He further stated, “The state government had requested several times for the provision of coal linkage to the proposed thermal power units, however no concrete step has been taken by the coal minister in this regard so far. Hence, the state is facing acute shortage of power  and the Centre’s stand on this issue connotes the step-motherly treatment to Bihar.”