A day after he tested positive for covid-19, Bihar Assembly Speaker Vijay Kumar Sinha said his test reports came back negative, amid a brewing political storm in the state, where he will serve a key role in determining the legitimacy of any new formulation. .
Sinha, a BJP MLA, excitedly announced on Twitter that his Monday test reports were negative. A day earlier, he had tested positive.
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Many took to the microblogging site to express their astonishment at the speed with which the Speaker was declared negative, and the fact that the health portfolio is also in the hands of BJP’s Mangal Pandey.
On Monday night, members of the assembly’s Ethics Committee, led by another BJP leader, Ram Narayan Mandal, met with Sinha and submitted a report.
While Mandal declined to release details, citing confidentiality, party sources said the report referred to an incident from March last year when opposition RJD MLAs had held the Speaker hostage inside his chair and called to the police.
The sources said that the report indicts about 18 MLAs, whose names are unknown.
Vidhan Sabha secretariat officials said that in such cases, a notice is sent to the concerned MLAs with the advice of the Speaker, who may decide further action and even order disqualification, depending on how satisfactory or unsatisfactory he considers their answer.
The RJD has 79 MLAs in the assembly, which has an effective strength of 242. It is the largest party and the disqualification of its MLAs will reduce its ability to lead political agitation.
Prime Minister Nitish Kumar’s JD(U), who may or may not pull the plug on the alliance, has 44 lawmakers and is supported by an independent MLA, Sumit Singh, who is also a minister, and four members of former PM Jitan Ram. Hindustani Awam Morcha from Manjhi.
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