Chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday conveyed to newly elected legislators how public representatives were facing a crisis of credibility and how the misdeeds of some people gave a bad name to the whole system.
Having more sittings of the state legislature could help in monitoring crime across the state, he said. “There have been only 25 sittings of the state assembly. Holding 90 sittings will be a big challenge. But having 90 sittings will mean no problem at any police station,” said the chief minister.
He also said Uttar Pradesh will change if public representatives behave responsibly in the house.
He was addressing the new MLAs at an orientation programme organised here on Wednesday to make them aware of legislative rules and procedure.
As many as 238 members of the 403-member house are first timers. Both governor Ram Naik and chief minister Yogi Adityanath gave a lesson or two to the new MLAs at the programme.
The governor and the CM tried to educate the new MLAs how they could make best use of the house to raise issues of public importance and serve the people of their respective constituencies.
The governor hoped the new members would behave themselves during his address before a joint sitting of the state legislature on May 15, though creating obstructions during the governor’s address had become a practice.
The governor spoke about how he got the national song Vande Mataram and national anthem ‘Jana Gana Mana’ introduced in Parliament, using the rules and procedure, to raise the issue. Naik also referred to his initiative to get the MPLAD fund started, providing funds for development to MPs and get the name of Bombay changed to Mumbai.
This was probably for the first time that any governor was giving lessons on rules, procedure and conduct in the house to new MLAs.
The chief minister referred to Naik’s work in public life to make his point that public representatives should uphold high traditions.
Yogi Adityanath spoke about how he went to meet the then speaker Lok Sabha Meira Kumar to inform her about his question on cleaning the Ganga. He said the then union minister Jairam Ramesh’s reply enabled him to raise the issue of conservation of Ram Garh lake of Gorakhpur. The minister had said he would be happy if any proposal for conservation of the lake was sent to his ministry.
“A sum of Rs 196 crore has been spent on Ram Garh lake,” the chief minister said.
Adityanath said on many occasions, Parliament worked all night and requested speaker Hridaya Narain Dixit to make arrangements for food to allow the state assembly work overnight. He also referred to his arguments with a bureaucrat-turned politician and said the legislature was the most accountable institution.
He lauded the speaker for bringing leaders of different political parties for the orientation programme. He also lauded new members for their interest in learning parliamentary procedures and said the orientation programme began five minutes early in view of enthusiasm among the new members.
“This augurs well for democracy,” the chief minister said.