UNPRECEDENTED SECURITY arrangements have been made in and around the Vidhan Bhavan for the monsoon session beginning here on Monday. This has been done due to rising incidents of terrorism.
The session is sure to be stormy as the three main opposition parties – the BJP, the BSP and the Congress — have announced their decision to play an effective role as opposition and corner the government on various issues of public interests..
Areas around the Vidhan Bhavan have been divided into six zones and 18 sectors headed by ASPs and DSPs respectively. Six anti-terrorist squads, three Quick Response Teams (QRT) have been deployed and six close circuit cameras have been installed at various strategic points.
Besides the PAC and civil police personnel, hundreds of cops from neighbouring districts have been called for the monsoon session of the House.
Eight companies of PAC, 650 constables and 160 sub-inspectors will be on duty during the session.
Meanwhile, leader of the Congress Legislature Party Pramod Tiwari said that his party would play the role of a strong opposition and raise the issues related to Dadri Power Project, thelaw and order situation, drought condition in many districts, power and water crisis and death of hundreds of people due to Japanese Encephalitis in eastern UP.
Talking to Hindustan Times here on Sunday, Tiwari said that the Congress would expose the nexus between the Samajwadi Party and the BJP. He alleged that the BJP would like to limit the discussions to terrorism and SIMI activities, mainly because such issues suited to both the SP and the BJP. However, the Congress would like the House to function smoothly and was not keen to disrupt the proceedings, he clarified.
Contrary to it, leader of the opposition in the House Lalji Tandon said that the responsibility of smooth functioning of the House did not rest with the opposition, and the BJP was not concerned about it. “We cannot ignore the rising incidents of terrorism in different parts of the State where the ISI agents and terrorists are thriving due to soft stand taken by the Mulayam Government for Muslim votes,” Tandon said.
He made it clear the BJP could not be a mute spectator to the people’s problems and would not allow the House to function, if needed, on the issues of water and power crisis and law and order problem.
He dubbed the Dadri Power project as the biggest fraud played on the people.
BSP Legislature Party leader Swami Prasad Maurya also expressed similar views saying that the responsibility of smooth functioning of the House depended more on the Government. The BSP would raise burning issues without bothering whether the House functioned normally or not, he added. He further said that the prevailing Gunda Raj, power and water crisis and food grain scandals would dominate the house.
He said that he had convened a meeting of the BSP legislators tomorrow at 12 noon to brief the MLAS about the party strategy in the House.