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Decorum, UP-style

Some things just don’t change. For those who remember a blizzard of microphones, slippers and nameplates inside the Uttar Pradesh Assembly in 1997, it was deja vu time on Tuesday.

india Updated: Feb 10, 2009 22:14 IST

Some things just don’t change. For those who remember a blizzard of microphones, slippers and nameplates inside the Uttar Pradesh Assembly in 1997, it was deja vu time on Tuesday. Samajwadi Party (SP) MLAs, not very energetic otherwise in these Mayawati days, unleashed mayhem on the first day of the Budget Session of the Assembly, in keeping with the reputation of UP’s political class.

SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav told anyone who was listening above the din that Governor T.V. Rajeshwar was “an agent of Mayawati”. Then he proceeded to join his supporters to stall democratic business. The protests had started with the Opposition, including the BJP and the Congress, joining hands to shout slogans against the Mayawati government. By the time paper balls and elbows started flying — the former aimed at the governor — the credit for upping the ante and amplifying the ruckus was reportedly all the SP’s.

The bone of contention, say the sleeves-rolled-up SP folks, is the murder of a PWD engineer that they believe was carried out at the behest of a BSP MLA. But whatever be the reason — if a reason is ever really required — UP was once again caught creating what it creates best: a no-holds-barred ruckus. One just hopes the rest of India doesn’t get fancy ideas as the general elections approach.