Patna: The Bihar Budget 2018-19 was presented on Tuesday amid uproarious scenes inside the state Assembly. The House had to be adjourned on several occasions amid heated exchanges between the treasury and opposition benches. At one point, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad’s elder son Tej Pratap lost his cool and stood up shouting at the leaders of ruling JD(U)-BJP alliance.
The incident happened when Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Yadav was replying to Sushil Modi’s Budget speech. Irritated by the repeated disruptions Tejashwi’s elder brother stoop up shouting at the ruling MLAs.
Tejashwi repeatedly tried to pacify his furious elder brother but that did little to cool Tej Pratap’s tempers. Later, Tejashwi, who was deputy CM in the Mahagathbandhan government, continued with his speech in which he accused the Nitish government of doing nothing substantial for the people of the state.
Earlier, deputy CM Sushil Modi, who also holds the finance portfolio, read out the 45-minute-long Budget speech amid slogan shouting by RJD members, led by Tejashwi , over the death of nine children in a hit-and-run case allegedly involving BJP leader Manoj Baitha. The accused leader surrendered before police today.
The minister said Bihar’s fiscal deficit has been estimated at Rs 11,203.95 crore in the Budget, 2.17 per cent of the GSDP projected at Rs 5,15,634.00 crore.
The state government has accorded top priorities to education, road and energy besides laying emphasis on 12 departments associated with “agriculture roadmap”, such as cooperatives, rural development, he said.