CONGRESS AND Bharatiya Janata Party members exchanged heated words during Zero Hour in the Vidhan Parishad over ‘occult practice’ in the Loreto Convent School and subsequent vandalism by Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) activists on the campus.
While the Government assured of an inquiry into the incident, Congress members accused the BJYM of terrorising the minority institution. The BJP alleged that the actual incident was being ignored.
Raising the issue through an adjournment notice, Ranjit Singh Judeo said the city was proud of the 130-year-old educational institution which had made clear in its prospectus that special training on spiritualism would also be given to students. Judeo said one’s religion did not change by merely reading books of other religions. Rather, it helped in personality development, he added. He demanded strict action against BJYM activists.
Shyam Nandan Singh, Sheema Rizvi, Raghav Ram Mishra and Nepal Singh (all BJP) said their party had nothing to do with the vandalism which it had condemned.
They, however, said the incident of ‘occult practice’ was being ignored and the vandalism was a reaction to it. They informed the House that girls were afraid of saying anything against the school management. They demanded a blanket ban on organising such shows of spiritualism in schools.
Ahmad Hasan, who was in the chair, informed members that an FIR was registered in connection with vandalism and the Government would do what was necessary after receiving the inquiry report.
Meanwhile, the Government informed the Upper House that appointment of 600 ‘mukhya sevikas’ from among chief anganwadi workers was cancelled in the wake of reported irregularities in recruitment. He said all appointments would be made afresh with transparency.
The issue was raised through an adjournment notice by Yagya Dutt Sharma (BJP) who alleged that bribes worth lakh of rupees played a role in the appointments.
No starvation death: Ahmad Hasan, said no starvation death had been reported from the State. Canards were being spread to defame the government, he said.
He also assured agitated BJP leaders that the government was ready for an inquiry by an outside agency to probe into mysterious disappearance of 138 cows which were sent to the Gau Sadan of Lakhimpur Kheri from Lucknow.