Opposition accuses Heart of ‘misusing’ constitutional physique as NHRC reaches Bihar to examine hooch tragedy


Opposition MPs walkout from the Rajya Sabha, accusing the government of using constitutional bodies to target non-BJP ruled States, during the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament, in New Delhi on December 20, 2022.

Opposition MPs walkout from the Rajya Sabha, accusing the federal government of making use of constitutional bodies to goal non-BJP ruled States, for the duration of the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament, in New Delhi on December 20, 2022. | Image Credit history: PTI

The Centre’s decision to get the Countrywide Human Legal rights Fee (NHRC) to investigate the recent Bihar hooch tragedy was termed into question with Opposition get-togethers in each Residences of Parliament criticizing the BJP-led federal government of misusing constitutional bodies.

Although the Lok Sabha noticed members of the JD(U) and BJP get into a war of words, in the Rajya Sabha, Opposition leaders staged a walkout at 11.50 am, charging the governing administration of applying constitutional bodies to focus on non-BJP ruled States.

Accusing the Narendra Modi governing administration of ‘double standards’, 14 like-minded Opposition functions in a joint statement pointed out that “from 2016, when prohibition was imposed by Bihar Govt led by JD(U)-BJP, to 2021, there have been more than 200 hooch-linked deaths in the point out, but the NHRC under no circumstances felt the have to have to examine any these kinds of incident”.

When related liquor tragedies have occurred in BJP-dominated States like Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, why did the NHRC not go (examine) there, they questioned.

Boosting the make a difference in the Lok Sabha during the Zero Hour, JD(U) MP and occasion president Rajiv Ranjan Singh Lallan claimed, “The Nationwide Human Legal rights Commission has informed the Bihar govt that the hooch deaths in Chhapra will be probed by them. How did the human legal rights commission appear into this?

Having said that, BJP MP from Patna Sahib and former Legislation Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad backed the NHRC investigation and explained the National Fee for Protection of Youngster Rights need to also carry out a equivalent inquiry.

“Over 100 folks died of toxic liquor. There was no article-mortem, viscera was not kept. NHRC need to go there, Kid commission must also go for the reason that individuals who died incorporate children, Dalits, backward teams…. This is a severe concern,” he reported.

Lok Sabha member from Patliputra and BJP chief, Ram Kripal Yadav, backed Mr. Prasad on the flooring of the house.

Lok Janshakti Party’s Chirag Paswan demanded President’s Rule in Bihar, alleging that the State authorities is seeking to suppress the incidents of dying thanks to spurious liquor and the leaders of Mahagatbandhan are sitting down quiet.

BJP’s Janardan Singh Sigriwal way too made a similar demand and demanded payment for the individuals who died in the hooch tragedy in Bihar.

In the Rajya Sabha, Rashtriya Janata Dal MP Manoj K. Jha had moved a discover to discussion the partisan function of NHRC but was not authorized to speak on the problem by Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar.

Even so, in a co-ordinated Opposition effort and hard work, the problem was raised by TMC MP Dola Sen, who through her Zero Hour speech on ‘disbursal of cash under different central schemes’ claimed, “It is unlucky that the NHRC goes to Bihar and Bengal but is never seen in UP or Gujarat. In protest, whilst laying my papers on Zero Hour submission, we are walking out for the duration of the zero-hour submission.”

Speaking to reporters outdoors the Parliament, Mr. Jha explained, “Preparation and distribution of illicit liquor in any portion of India is a issue of collective countrywide problem. But so far we have not listened to of the NHRC producing visits next hooch tragedies in Gujarat, MP, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and other States dominated by BJP. These types of a openly partisan technique is eroding the believability of NHRC.”

He also pointed out that the human rights entire body did not check out Morbi where additional than 150 folks had been killed in a bridge collapse.

On Monday, the Nitish Kumar governing administration set the number of fatalities in the Saran hooch tragedy at 38 but BJP leaders have claimed that the toll could have crossed 100.

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