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UP budget session gets an ugly start

Amid massive pandemonium the entire opposition in UP assembly on Friday did not allow the governor BL Joshi to address the joint session of Vidhan Mandal on the inaugural day of budget session.

lucknow Updated: Feb 04, 2011 19:18 IST

Amid massive pandemonium the entire opposition in UP assembly on Friday did not allow the governor BL Joshi to address the joint session of Vidhan Mandal on the inaugural day of budget session.

Amid slogan shouting the members of Samajwadi Party wearing black clothes rushed to the well of the House forcing the governor to go after reading just one line of the address. Few of the SP legislatures stood on the benches and shouted slogan against the state government. Posters with anti government slogan were pasted over their clothes.

Some of the members threw paper ball at the Governor even as marshals formed a ring around Joshi to protect him from paper missiles. One of the paper ball hit the Governor while he was leaving the house. One of the SP MLA threw black cloth at the treasury bench while Chief Minister, Mayawati was present in the house.

Even before the arrival of the governor the Opposition members displaying posters and banners had started slogan shouting. The SP members specially attacked the BSP government for rape of Sheelu in Banda by BSP MLA Purshotam Narain Dwivedi and arrest of independent MLA Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhayya. The anti government slogan rented in the air inside as well as outside the house.

The Congress, BJP and RLD members also blasted the government for deteriorating law and order situation and lack of development. As soon as governor arrived the members raised slogan against the government. The House was thus adjourned.

Later assailing the Opposition, chief minister Mayawati said that they behaved in extremely unparliamentary manner. She said the behaviour of the Opposition and especially that of SP members was against the tradition and moral values. The chief minister said the SP’s advocacy for the jailed Raja Bhaiya amply indicated that the party had now become “Raja Bhaiya Goonda Samajwadi Party”.

She said the people would give befitting reply to the SP in next assembly elections. “There had been considerable improvement in law and order situation during her regime. In comparison to other states the crime against women and weaker section had gone down in UP. The opposition had no issue and it was making baseless allegation against my government”, she said.

Lashing out at opposition Mayawati said during SP rule women were raped in Kareli at Allahabad. "When Congress was in power Phoolan did not get justice and she was forced to pick up gun against her tormenters. No action had been taken against culprits involved in women atrocities in Haryana and Delhi whereas my government has put the party men behind bar", she said.

Rebutting the chief minister’s charges the leader of opposition Shivpal Yadav said there was anarchy and lawlessness in all over the state. He said 14 BSP MLAs were in jail on various charges and half of the ministers would go to jail if there was free and fair investigation against them for their involvement in corruption. Raising the demand for dismissal of the state government Yadav said the governor should not have come to Vidhan Mandal to praise the functioning of the BSP government.

The leader of the Congress legislature party, Pramod Tiwari said the address of the Governor was the dying declaration of the BSP government. The state government had no plan for the development of the state. The state government had not come out with any action plan to check the sexual exploitation of the women. The land of the farmers was acquired forcibly and protest was crushed brutally”, he said.

The leader of the RLD legislature party, Kokab Hamid said the Governor should dismiss the BSP government immediately as it was anti farmer, youth and poor.