AGENCIES, Patna: In view of the COVID-19 threat, the Bihar Budget session was cut short on Monday while, Opposition leaders said they wished the session to continue.
“The ongoing Budget session of the Bihar Assembly has been cut short and there will be no sittings of the House after Monday. Debates scheduled for the remaining budgetary demands for various departments will be guillotined,” said Speaker Vijay Kumar Chaudhary.
He further said that the decision was taken at the meeting of the Business Advisory Committee of the House chaired by him. The month-long session was scheduled till March 31.
Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Tejashwi Yadav said: “It would have been better, if the House was continued… what message will go outside to the common people that when the legislators are not safe (from COVID-19) what will happen to them…but, we’ll go with the decision of the Speaker”.
Meanwhile, chief minister Nitish Kumar appealed to people not to panic. He also expressed displeasure over masks distributed among employees of the Assembly and tersely told them not to create panic.
The CM also spoke with the Speaker and Health Minister Mangal Pandey to ensure that fear did not spread among the people over the disease.