A history of sorts would be created when the Vidhan Sabha meets to consider and pass the Mohammad Ali Jauhar University (amendment) Bill-2007 on Wednesday.
This is going to be for the first time that the Vidhan Sabha would consider and pass any major bill in the midst of elections and in the absence of members of three major parties the Bahujan Samaj Party, the Congress and the Rashtriya Lok Dal who have sent their resignations to the leaders of their respective political parties.
A question mark also hangs over the presence of Bharatiya Janata Party with the Leader of Opposition Lalji Tandon changing his stance over the issue again and again. This is also going to be after a gap of nearly 50 years that Vidhan Sabha would hold its sitting a few days before the end of term of the House. In 1957 the Vidhan Sabha had met on March 27, 1957 while its term came to an end on March 31, 1957. If assembly decides to hold yet another sitting on last days of its term - May 14, 2007 this would be after a gap of 45 years.
A close scrutiny of the proceedings of the Vidhan Sabha indicates that the House even met on the last day in 1962 and the then Speaker Atma Ram Govind Kher even read out the Governor’s notice dissolving 2nd Vidhan Sabha. Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey said that Wednesday’s session would be the last sitting of the 14th Vidhan Sabha. So, far the national anthem is however not listed on Vidhan Sabha’s agenda.
Besides moving the Mohammad Ali Jauhar University (amendment) Bill 2007 the State Government also proposes to withdraw Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar Urdu University for Arabic and Persian passed by two houses of state legislature earlier. The Governor had sent the bill to President. The State Government proposes to withdraw the bill as President has returned the bill for assembly’s reconsideration.
Speaker also proposes to host a parting lunch for members while the Deputy Speaker Rajesh Agarwal proposes to host dinner in evening. A visit down the memory lane indicates that in 1962 the Minister for Finance had moved Appropriation Bill (Vote on account) even after he lost poll. This is evident from Raj Narain’s address before the House on March 5, 1962. Addressing the House Raj Narain said “Give us any such precedent when a finance minister has presented the vote on account after losing the election. I think there is no such precedent,” said Raj Narain.
Raj Narain also did not agree with the then Chief Minister CB Gupta’s proposal to organise a farewell function for the parting members. At another point another member Ugrasen’s address reflects on a situation that may be similar to today’s scenario. “I have read Marx who wrote first line of socialism,” said Ugrasen while quoting a letter of Marx to Angels that read, “Everything pawnable has been pawned. No sauce for three days. Children dying out of starvation. Please help.”