TUESDAY WAS the turn of Congress MLAs to stage a walkout in Vidhan Sabha.
They walked out over Parliamentary Affairs Minister Azam Khan’s ‘vulgar, unparliamentary and immoral’ comments on Union Minister SP Jaiswal during a discussion on unprovoked lathicharge of senior Congress leaders and workers in Lucknow and Kanpur during the party’s ‘jail bharo’ agitation.
Raising the issue in Zero Hour through an adjournment motion, Congress Legislature Party leader Pramod Tiwari alleged the police resorted to lathicharge while Congress leaders and workers were holding a peaceful demonstration in front of the Vidhan Bhavan in Lucknow on November 27.
He said several Congress activists, UPCC president Salman Khurshid and he himself had suffered injuries.
He accused the government of being dictatorial and said: “No government could continue in power by wielding the ‘lathi’,” he added.
Giving details of the Kanpur incident, Tiwari said while SP workers attacked peaceful demonstrators, three FIRs on different dates and under different sections were registered in one and the same case against Congress workers and MLAs, Sanjiv Dariyabadi and Sanjiv Kapoor, just to keep them behind the bars for a longer period.
No FIR was lodged against SP workers. To cook up a case against the two Kanpur legislators, it had been alleged that they looted a few thousand rupees from a shop, he said.
Tiwari demanded withdrawal of cases registered against the Congress MLAs and workers and action against guilty police officers.
Opposing the motion, Azam Khan said Congress workers had come armed with ‘lathis’ to attack the Vidhan Bhavan. Referring to the Emergency, Khan said the Congress had no right to talk about political atrocities.
Terming the demonstration as an effort to create an atmosphere for imposing the President’s Rule, Khan said Congress was helping the BJP to gain power.
But Khan’s indecent remark against Union Minister SP Jaiswal in reference to the Congress protest and its loss in the recently held civic poll brought the House down. The statement angered Congress MLAs, who trooped out of the House in protest.
Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav also accused Congress workers of indulging in brickbatting and attacking Samajwadi Party (SP) workers in Kanpur.
He made a futile effort to pacify agitated Congress members by assuring a probe into the incidents. He also said police officials would be punished if found guilty of excesses. The Chief Minister also criticised the Congress for conspiring to impose President’s Rule.
Later, the Chair rejected the motion.