The first day of the UP assembly’s budget session was marked by chaos, as members of the opposition BSP disrupted governor BL Joshi’s address to the joint sitting.
Wearing blue caps and carrying anti-government placards, BSP members led by leader of Opposition Swami Prasad Maurya entered the well of the House as soon as Joshi began his address at 11am on Monday.
They demanded the dismissal of the SP government citing misrule, which led to heated exchanges with SP legislators.
Some BSP members climbed on the chairs and tables and threw paper balls while shouting “Governor go back”. All efforts by House marshals to pacify both sides failed. As a result, Joshi read a part of his address and left the House.
Joshi slammed the five-year rule of Mayawati as “jungle raj unparalleled in the history of the country when the people got nothing but stones, statues and memorials”.
When the House reassembled an hour later, the noisy protests continued, which forced speaker Mata Prasad Pandey to adjourn the House for the day.