Pandemonium prevailed in both Houses of the State Legislature with the Mayawati government coming under fire from the main Opposition.
The Samajwadi Party accused the government of resorting to political vendetta in the Vidhan Sabha and the Vidhan Parishad.
The SP members staged a walkout in the Lower House over refusal to accept Mohd Azam Khan’s demand to lodge an FIR in connection with damage to property of the Mohammed Ali Jauhar University and reported attack on him in Rampur.
The chair also rejected the SP members’ demand to appoint a committee of the House to probe the incident.
Azam Khan (SP) was dissatisfied with Chief Minister Mayawati’s written statement in the Lower House. He said there was evidence to establish that trespassers entered the Jauhar University campus and damaged the boundary wall as the government had not provided any security cover to the university where various buildings were already constructed. Khan insisted that he was attacked, but the local police were not lodging an FIR.
He insisted an FIR should be lodged first and facts would come to light during investigations. Khan observed it was a sin to create hurdles in the way of the proposed university. Khan later left the House.
Earlier, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Lalji Verma read out the chief minister’s statement saying that a demonstration was held by about 400 villagers of Aliapur at a gate of the university on June 23 in protest against an incident in which Khan and others had beaten up one Abrar on June 22 suspecting that he was among those who had damaged the university wall. An FIR was lodged by Abrar against Azam Khan and others.
On June 23, Khan sent a letter alleging that the boundary wall was damaged at 20 places and construction material worth lakh were stolen. Khan had also alleged that armed people had attacked him, Verma said.
Verma claimed that Khan’s allegations were found untrue during the investigation and adequate force had been deployed to maintain peace. About 15 minutes after Khan left the House, the SP members staged a walkout in protest against the treatment meted out to Khan.
In the Vidhan Parishad, Leader of Opposition Ahmad Hasan, through an adjournment motion, accused the government of lodging false FIRs against SP workers in the state.
The government had even registered FIRs against those who had no criminal history, said Hasan. Chairman Chaudhury Sukhram Singh Yadav asked the government to direct officers not to misuse power.