AS THE two Chief Ministers –Mulayam Singh Yadav and Narain Dutt Tiwari — hugged each other in the august and magnificent hall, a roar of applause greeted them from all corners of Vidhan Sabha.
A rare display of bonhomie was witnessed as senior members cutting across party lines moved ahead to garland the 15 living members of the 1st Vidhan Sabha of 1952.
Yadav on his part heaped praises on Tiwari. So did Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey and all other members who spoke at the function. In an emotion choked voice, Tiwari, too, said he felt for UP as much he did for Uttaranchal.
“Main Uttaranchal ka sevak hoon. Main UP ka bhi sevak hoon,” said Tiwari in his captivating address at the historic hall. There were no differences and all issues were being amicably resolved at official level, Tiwari said while recollecting his association here.
Besides Tiwari, Raja Ram Kisan, Kali Charan Tandon, Nagendra Prasad Diwedi, Ram Chandra Vikal, Veerendra Verma, Guru Prasad Singh, Tej Pratap Singh, Veer Sen, Kamal Ahmad Rizvi, Srinath Ram, Tula Ram Rawat, Karan Singh, Rajeswar Singh and Khyali Ram Shastri were also honoured.
As the function progressed, the leaders of today and those of yesteryear took to verse to express their emotions. Ram Prasad Vikal said: “Hum layen hain tufan se kashti nikal ke, is desh ko mere bachcho rakhna sambhal ke.”
But there was a sense of regret as well among those honoured. Privately they spoke about the deteriorating values among today’s legislators.
Tiwari recollected the time he spent at the Bareilly jail for distributing pamphlets of the Quit India movement in 1942 and said it was a memorable occasion for him as well. “Vakt aane de bata denge e asman, hu abhi se kya batain kya hamare dil main hai,” said Tiwari amidst thunderous applause from the members.
Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav said the felicitation of members of 1st Vidhan Sabha was a landmark occasion for him and all members of the 14th Vidhan Sabha. “By honouring you we are feeling honoured,” said the Chief Minister adding that members of the 1st House had left behind a glorious tradition.
The CM said leaders like Lal Bahadur Shastri, Chaudhary Charan Singh, GB Pant, Sampoornanad, Raj Narain and Sucheta Kripalani were once members of the Vidhan Sabha.
Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey read out biographies of all the members honoured on the occasion. Minister for Urban Development Mohammad Azam Khan was also at his poetic best. He said: “Kabhi kisi ko mukammal jahan nahin milta… Tiwari however had got the best of both the worlds,” said Khan.
Congress Legislature Party leader Pramod Tiwari recollected how he inherited the State party leadership from Tiwari. In a befitting ode to the Uttaranchal Chief Minister he said: “Bulandiyon par pahunchana koi kamal nahin, bulandiyon par pahunchkar thaharana kamal hai”.