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Manipur violence rocks UP assembly; SP attempts to move censure motion

Aug 08, 2023 12:42 AM IST

House adjourned within two hours after taking up the listed business amid uproar and slogan shouting; SP members raise slogans and display placards on rising inflation, crime against women and power crisis

LUCKNOW The Manipur issue rocked the UP legislative assembly on Monday with the Samajwadi Party making attempts to move censure motion over violence in the north-eastern state and Speaker Satish Mahana rejecting the move and adjourning the House for the day.

Members of the UP assembly condoled the deaths of former legislators, including Atiq Ahmad and his brother Khalid Azim Asraf. Speaker Satish Mahana read out the condolence message at the start of the assembly’s Monsoon session in Lucknow on Monday. (HT Photo)
Members of the UP assembly condoled the deaths of former legislators, including Atiq Ahmad and his brother Khalid Azim Asraf. Speaker Satish Mahana read out the condolence message at the start of the assembly’s Monsoon session in Lucknow on Monday. (HT Photo)

The House was adjourned within two hours after taking up the listed business amid uproar and slogan shouting. Besides tabling 13 ordinances (promulgated after the last session), the state government moved some bills replacing the ordinances and tabled the draft of the House’s new rulebook while the opposition demanded that a resolution condemning Manipur violence be passed in the House.

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The Question Hour could not be held as SP members continued to raise slogans and display placards alleging rising inflation, crime against women and power crisis etc. They trooped into the well of the House to press their demand.

“Manipur is burning. What is the government doing…this government is anti-women and tomatoes are priced at over 200 per kg. This double engine government should go,” were the slogans raised there.

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Congress Legislature Party leader Aradhna Mishra ‘Mona’ were among those who urged the Speaker Satish Mahana to allow a discussion on Manipur violence. Chief minister Yogi Adityanath was also present in the House.

Yadav said: “UP is the largest state in the country, and even the Prime Minister represents the state from his constituency here. So at least on Manipur violence, we hope that you (chief minister Yogi Adityanath) will speak and condemn it.”

“The Leader of the House (Yogi Adityanath) is a star campaigner of the saffron party. In which state do you not go to ask for votes? At least there is a chance that today you can become the voice of the country by saying something. And if you need our support for this, we are ready,” he added.

Responding to Yadav, Speaker Mahana said, “Everybody has condemned it here, but the Vidhan Sabha cannot speak about other states. The discussion will take place where the incident took place. If anything is happening in Bengal and Kerala, it cannot be stated as wrong or right here.”

He maintained that no discussion could be allowed on the Manipur issue under the rules and said the censure motion could be moved in the House only with the consent of the chief minister. Mahana said he was ready to give the opposition members a chance to speak on issues concerning the state.

SP member Lalji Verma quoted rules to make his point in favour of the censure motion. Later, SP leader Shivpal Singh Yadav also tried to read out the censure motion that could not be heard amid the slogan shouting by party members.

Minister for parliamentary affairs Suresh Khanna countered the opposition saying no censure motion was moved when Kairana incidents (of alleged Hindu exodus) were reported. He said the rate of crime was going down and UP was being treated as a role model by other states.

Earlier the SP members, mainly women, rose from their seat soon after the House assembled at 11am, and recited Vande Mataram. SP members said women needed protection in view of rising incidents of crime against women.

The Speaker took up questions reading out names of members who had given questions. As the members continued to make their point with many of them entering the well of the house, the Question Hour ended in 15 minutes.

The SP members came to their seats briefly when the speaker began taking up condolence motion. The speaker read out the names of 12 former members to condole their deaths. These included Mafia Atiq Ahmed and Khaleed Azim alias Ashraf who were killed by alleged media persons in Prayagraj in April 2023.

The speaker adjourned the House for nearly 30 minutes and when the opposition continued to raise the Manipur violence issue, he adjourned it for the day around 1pm.

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