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Opposition Demands Enactment of Law Against Mob Lynchings in Bihar

Nitish Kumar faces flak from opposition over silence on cases of mob lynchings.
Nitish Kumar

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July 11: Aggressive opposition members in Bihar raised the issue of mob lynching in the state in the state Assembly on Thursday, July 11, and demanded that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar led government, enact a law to check and control mob lynching in the state. 

The opposition comprising of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Congress and Communist Party of India (Marxist- Leninist) (CPI(ML) members, staged a protest against the mob lynching incidents in Bihar and across the country, soon after the proceedings started on the 10th day of ongoing mobsoon session of the state assembly. Alleged sloganeering against the issue took place in the premises of the House also. 

With colourful hand written posters in their hands, the opposition members drew the attention of everybody in the house in protest against the increasing mob lynching incidents. 

CPI(ML) MLA Mahboob Ali said that Nitish Kumar should take an initiative to enact a law against mob lynching, which is increasing as per reports. “We want Nitish Kumar to reply to us on this issue as it directly concerned with people’s rights.” 

Another CPI(ML) MLA, Sudama Prasad, questioned the delay to enact a law against mob lynching despite a clear cut order from the Supreme Court in this connection. “Why are the centre and state government not enacting a law against mob lynching?”

Protesting opposition members also said that they would send a proposal to the central government to enact a law against mob lynching as mob lynching incidents have been reported to have grown in Bihar, particularly in rural areas. 

However, opposition members also targeted Nitish Kumar for his silence over the mob lynchings. “Under the rule of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, mob lynching incidents have increasedbut Nitish Kumar is maintaining silence over it.” 

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