BJP members on March 1 disrupted the proceeding in the Bihar Assembly, angry over Bihar Excise and Prohibition Minister Abdul Jalil Mastan’s video clip reportedly asking people to beat PM Narendra Modi’s photograph with shoes.
Later, Mastan tendered an apology for his remarks. The minister had kicked up a controversy urging a crowd to beat Modi’s photo with shoes.
The Excise Minister’s video on February 22, telecasted on a Hindi news channel, also flayed the Centre’s November 8, 2016 demonetisation move. The video went viral on the social media.
Taking note of the video, BJP members said that it would raise the issue in the state Assembly as well as the Legislative Council. The BJP MLAs also threatened not to allow the state government to proceed with the ongoing Budget session unless Chief Minister Nitish Kumar dismissed Mastan.
The moment the House proceedings began, the BJP MLAs started shouting slogans and disrupted the proceedings, forcing the House to be adjourned.
Stating that the BJP would protest inside and outside the House, LoP Prem Kumar said, we will not allow the assembly to function unless the CM sacks Mastan.
Some BJP MLAs went to the extent of calling Mastan a “Bangladeshi” and an “anti-national”. In the video, he addresses a rally in Purnea district’s Amour constituency, saying it was Modi who had promised to face punishment if he failed to end people’s woes within 50 days.
It was then Mastan suggested the crowd beat Modi’s photograph with their shoes. Mastan has not come out with any explanation or defence since the video surfaced.
Bihar BJP leader Sushil Modi said, “Ideological differences are okay, but the Indian Constitution doesn’t allow a MoS to humiliate and insult a Prime Minister in such a way.”