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Opposition to corner govt on Kumbh tragedy, law and order

lucknow Updated: Feb 14, 2013 16:54 IST
HT Correspondent

An aggressive opposition is likely to corner the Akhilesh Yadav government on the Kumbh tragedy and law and order issues when the budget session of the state legislature commences here on Thursday.

Governor BL Joshi addresses the joint sitting of the two houses at 11 am. As leaders of major opposition parties have already given indications about the ‘aggressive’ strategy their parties propose to adopt, there are bound to be disruptions and heated debates.

Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday convened a meeting of the leaders all the major parties at his 5-Kalidas Marg residence to seek their cooperation. “We are ready to hold a longer session of the legislature to take up the issues of public interest for discussion and find a solution,” said the chief minister.

The Bahujan Samaj Party, the leading opposition group in both the houses of the state legislature, however, boycotted the chief minister’s meeting. “We did what an opposition party should do under the prevailing circumstances,” said leader of opposition Swami Prasad Maurya, adding, “We are getting in touch with the leaders of other opposition parties for floor coordination.

The BSP will raise the Kumbh tragedy and the law and order issue more aggressively during the forthcoming session.” Congress Legislature Party leader Pradeep Mathur said his party would also corner the state government for its laxity in handling the the crowd in Allahabad.”

Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey on Wednesday also held separate meeting with the leaders of all the political parties to seek their cooperation. “I sought their cooperation for smooth conduct of the business of the House,” said the Speaker adding, the state government proposes to present the state budget in the House on February 19. The motion of thanks to the Governor’s address will also be taken up on February 19 later in the day, he said.