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Lessons of Maharashtra College Teachers Strike

with the help of the Jana Sangh. However, once Singh became assured that his chief ministership would remain intact, he deserted the alliance with Jana Sangh and walked back to the Congress. It was this manifest unreliability that persuaded Indira Gandhi not to give Singh any major political assignment. As for Shiv Chandra Jha, we have referred to how he used his position as speaker of the state assembly in connection with the amendment of Rule 6(A) of the Bihar Legislative Assembly Secretariat (Recruitment and Service Conditions) Rules, 1964. Another instance would suffice to show his penchant for using the office of speaker to take care of his political opponents. In 1987 Jha had removed the late Karpoori Thakur from the office of the leader of the opposition in the state assembly, though Thakur had the majority of opposition MLAs with him. Thakur had even paraded the ML As supporting him before the governor, but speaker Jha still did not reverse his ruling. Hapless Karpoori Thakur was fighting against the arbitrary ruling of Jha, till the fag end of his life in the highest court of the land. Jha's utter contempt for constitutional provisions was also seen when, despite the forwarding of his resignation letter to the deputy speaker by the state parliamentary affairs minister Bhism Prasad Yadav, he insisted that he had not resigned and that his resignation letter being undated, he was still the speaker And even after Jha's resignation letter had been accepted and the deputy speaker had assumed the office of acting speaker, Jha disposed of files from his residential office. Not only that, when Paswan, not finding the file pertaining to Karpoori Thakur's case enquired about it from Jha, the latter said that he did not know where the file was, though officials of the speaker's office had informed Pasv in that the file was at the speaker's resir ential office.

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