BSP MLAs demand CBI probe, stage walkout
UPROARIOUS SCENES marred proceedings of the Vidhan Sabha that was adjourned for the day after transacting its listed business amidst slogan shouting by the Bahujan Samaj Party members, who demanded a CBI inquiry to probe desecration of Baba Saheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar’s statue in Kanpur.
As the State Government refused to accede to the demand, the BSP members continued to disrupt proceedings by entering the Well. There were accusations and counter-accusations as the BSP members refused to relent with BSP Legislature Party leader Swami Prasad Maurya even demanding Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav’s resignation on moral grounds.
The Chief Minister supported Congress leader Pramod Tiwari’s view that there could be a larger conspiracy while Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Mohamamd Azam Khan said the BSP should own responsibility for the incident. Who was behind the conspiracy, asked the Chief Minister saying that over 7,000 persons gathered in Maharashtra within hours after the Kanpur incident. The BSP members were probably upset why UP remained peaceful, he said. Even Mahatama Gandhi’s statues had been broken in the past, he said adding that the BSP was making attempts to reduce Ambedkar’s stature from a national leader to that of a leader of a particular caste.
Earlier, Tiwari had expressed apprehensions that there could be a larger conspiracy against the governments of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. There was no fallout in UP while violence erupted in Maharashtra soon after the incident.
There were also claims and counter-claims with the Congress and the Samajwadi Party making attempts to take credit for making their contributions for the rise of Ambedkar. The BSP members would not even have been able to recognise Ambedkar if the Congress had not made him Minister for Law or the Chairman of the draft committee of the Constitution, said Tiwari. The Chief Minister said that the Socialist Party was behind sending Ambedkar to Rajya Sabha.
The Chief Minister also used the occasion to attack former Prime Minister VP Singh saying that the Congress was supporting those who took BJP’s support to run their government in 1989.
The leaders were, however, unanimous in condemning the incident and blaming the BSP for, what they said, making attempts to take political mileage out of the incident. Vidhan Sabha election were near and the BSP had nothing to bank on, said Khan. In an obvious indication towards BSP chief Mayawati, Khan said the BSP leader even wanted to construct latrines in Ayodhya.
Earlier, the BSP members raised the issue soon after the House assembled at 11 am. Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey said that he had received the notices and the same would be taken up later and refused to suspend the question hour. BSP Legislature Party leader Swami Prasad Maurya tried to say something but his voice could not be herd in the din of slogans like ‘Ambedkar Tere Samman Main, BSP Maidan Main’ and the slogan-shouting members entered the well forcing the Chair to adjourn the House which was extended thrice even as the agitated BSP members remained squatting in the well of the House.