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Guv forced to cut short address

GIVING A stormy start to the year?s first session of State legislature, an agitated Opposition today forced Governor TV Rajeswar to cut short his customary address that praised Mulayam Singh Yadav government for improvement in law and order situation and achievements on various fronts. As Opposition members continued to raise slogans displaying banners and placards urging the governor to go back to avoid humiliation and demanding dismissal of Mulayam Singh Yadav government .

india Updated: May 12, 2006 01:13 IST

Belligerent Oppn creates din in House

GIVING A stormy start to the year’s first session of State legislature, an agitated Opposition today forced Governor TV Rajeswar to cut short his customary address that praised Mulayam Singh Yadav government for improvement in law and order situation and achievements on various fronts.

As Opposition members continued to raise slogans displaying banners and placards  urging the governor to go back to avoid humiliation and demanding dismissal of Mulayam Singh Yadav government, the governor read out the first and last lines of his written speech and left the Vidhan Sabha hall within two minutes.The 27-page address dwelt on past achievements of the government.

Before leaving, the governor urged the members to take seats. He had a glimpse at the majestic hall as if adoring its beauty and magnificence. When the members refused to take their seats, the governor left the House in a huff. Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, his council of ministers and other members from the treasury benches, watched quietly as the Opposition members raised slogans. The CM even smiled at the members many of whom stood up on their seats to display their placards.

“Rajyapal Vaapas Jaao Aur Apman Na Karvao. Na Vidhi Na Vidhan Hai. Rajyapal Ka Apman Hai,” (Governor go back. Don’t get humiliated anymore. There is no law and order. This is insult to Governor) read some of the slogans. “Mulayam Sarkar Barkhast Karo” (Dismiss Mulayam government.) read some banners.

Slogans focusing on the problem of power and water scarcity and highlighting how criminals were ruling the roost and how the DGP’s authority was being undermined, were also displayed.

Significantly, all members of the Bahujan Samaj Party brigade were seen wearing caps with slogans written on them, demanding dismissal of the Mulayam government. The Bharatiya Janata Party members too had done their homework well and came prepared carrying placards and banners.

A dress code for the entire House staff including the Vidhan Sabha reporters was another significant aspect of the occasion. Besides the BSP and the BJP, the Congress members too said that they were opposing the governor’s address and not the governor in the  House.

Later, when the House reassembled at 12.30 pm, Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey placed the governor’s address on the record of the Vidhan Sabha by reading out its first and last lines.

The governor’s address indicated that power would be provided to ‘one and all in the next two years’ while efforts were being made to hold elections to urban local bodies at the earliest.

The governor summed up his address saying that the Mulayam government was making sincere efforts to make Uttar Pradesh an ‘Uttam Pradesh’.

A mention of farmers committing suicides was made with the governor saying, “Because of our farmer-friendly policy, not even a single suicide by any farmer was reported in the State while 30,000 farmers committed suicides all over the country.” The governor said, “Areas, which were so far dominated by rifles and AK-47s, are now home to lions, tigers, stags and deer and tourists are attracted towards these areas.” Among forward-looking aspects of the governor’s speech was a reference to elections to urban local bodies. The governor said work on delimitation of urban local bodies was in full swing.

The State government was making efforts to remove all legal hurdles to ensure that elections to urban local bodies were held soon.

The governor also referred to the decision to pay “unemployment allowance” of Rs 500 per month to graduates and postgraduates registered with employment exchanges up to February 28, 2006.

The governor also referred to cross-border terrorism and said UP shared its lengthy borders with other countries and terrorists found it easy to infiltrate into UP. Referring to the terrorist attack on Ayodhya, the governor said, “A handful of foreign terrorists tried to sneak into the disrupted area in Ayodhya, but the State police immediately countered their effort.”

The governor also made a mention of bomb blasts at the Sankat Mochan temple and efforts of the State police that led to unearthing of the conspiracy hatched by terrorists.