Demanding a ban on Raj Thackeray-led MNS after its members assaulted SP MLA Abu Azmi for taking oath in Hindi in the Maharashtra Assembly, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday called for legal action against the legislators involved in the “unlawful act“.

“It is a highly condemnable act ... Stern legal action under the Criminal Procedure Code should be taken against the MLAs of the MNS,” he said, reacting to the incident.

Earlier, as soon as Mr. Azmi began taking oath in Hindi, the 13 member-strong MNS contingent rushed towards Mr. Azmi, snatching the mike placed for taking oath at the podium. They shouted slogans, demanding that Mr. Azmi should take oath in Marathi.

The House was adjourned for 30 minutes as the pandemonium continued and soon after that MNS MLA Ram Kadam slapped Mr. Azmi.

Mr. Kumar asked the Centre and Maharashtra government to take a serious note of the incident and act in accordance with the law immediately.

“We respect Marathi ... But at the same time it is intolerable to allow people to show disrespect to Hindi - our national language,” the JD(U) leader said.

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