Jharkhand Assembly Speaker Rabindra Nath Mahto on Thursday formed an all-party panel on the last day of the Monsoon session to take account of the decision of allotment of a 'Namaz' (Islamic Prayer) room in the Assembly building. The Speaker has directed the seven-member panel to submit a report within 45 days.
The notification, concerning the establishment of a 'namaz room', was issued on September 2 and instigated a controversy with the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party interrupting operations both inside the House and outside during the ongoing monsoon session.
Concerned over the ruckus stirred by the Opposition, Speaker Mahto said "Disruptions over the matter affected Assembly as well as the state, sending a wrong message to the masses. We need to end the standoff in the interests of the State and its people. It is not good for MLAs as well. Under the circumstances, I took a decision to place the matter before an all-party committee and the Chair will support whatever decision is given by it," the Speaker said.
Setting a deadline of 45-day for the panel with legislator Stephen Marandi as its convener, the speaker directed the group to come up with its report at the earliest.