CPI(ML) MLAs protested the government inside the Bihar Assembly on several burning issues concerning the people of Bihar on November 28. The leader of the Party legislature group in the Assembly Mahboob Alam said that ever since the BJP usurped power in Bihar the instances of communal frenzy and repression of dalits have grown by leaps and bounds, while Nitish Kumar remains a mute spectator, in flattering subservience to the RSS.

During Zero hour Party MLA Satyadev Ram raised the issue of the brutal killing of dalits by unidentified criminals at Jhandapur in Bihpur, Bhagalpur district. He said that the incidents of rape and murder of dalits are on the rise in the entire State and especially in Bhagalpur but the Nitish government is merely sitting back and watching. About 10 houses in Jhandapur Basti belong to Ravidas families. The current atmosphere in the village is so terror-filled that nobody is willing to say anything. On the morning of 26 November 3 out of the 4 members of the family of Gayatri Das were found dead—the dead were Gayatri Das, his wife Meena Devi and 12 year old son Chhotu Kumar. The heads of all the dead were badly crushed and streams of blood were flowing on the floor. There were injury marks on many parts of the bodies. The 17 year old daughter of Gayatri Das was found nude and in an unconscious state with several injuries on her body. The private parts of Gayatri Das and his son had been cut off. There were injury marks on the private parts of the women also.

Such heinous attacks are now rampant in Bihar. Recently dominant castes had burnt dalits’ huts in basti and brutally beaten them at Teentenga Diyara in Rangra Block, Bhagalpur District. We have also witnessed the mayhem by criminals in Khagariya and Chhamasiya. We want to ask the government the question: on whose orders did the STF team conduct the raid in Chhamasiya?

Mahboob Alam said that the Bihar government is not making provisions for equal work-equal pay for contract teachers despite orders from the Patna High Court. On the one hand teachers are not getting their rights and on the other they are being increasingly burdened with non-teaching duties. Now they are being made to do work In the name of eradication of open defecation. We demand that this diktat should be taken back and equal pay for equal work should be implemented. MLA Sudama Prasad raised the issue of ANM workers. He said that these nurses are on strike across Bihar for the past one month but the government has not seen fit to talk to them on any level. On the contrary, they were brutally lathi-charged, while it is well-known that the Bihar health services department depends heavily on these nurses for its running. We demand that their services should be regularized and they should be given equal pay for equal work.