Oppn stages walkout in UP legislative council over police ‘atrocities’ on shiksha mitras
Police on Thursday resorted to baton charge on protesting contractual teachers who were upset over SC ruling cancelling appointment of 1.69 lakh shiksha mitras.Updated: Jul 28, 2017 15:04 IST
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
A combative Opposition on Friday staged a walkout in the Uttar Pradesh legislative council as soon as chief minister Yogi Adityanath appeared in the house to reply on budget discussions, protesting police “atrocities” on shiksha mitras the previous day.
Police on Thursday resorted to baton charge on protesting contractual teachers who were staging demonstrations across the state after the Supreme Court cancelled the appointment of 1.69 lakh shiksha mitras as assistant teachers in government junior schools.
As the CM came to take part in the budget discussions in the council on the concluding day of the session, the opposition members moved out of the house and sat in the central hall, boycotting the proceedings.
Led by the Samajwadi Party, the opposition members earlier sat on a dharna in the well shouting anti-government slogans condemning police action, forcing adjournment of the house for half an hour till 12.30.
The Opposition continued their dharna when the house reassembled again.
A Samajwadi Party MLC told the media informally that they had made up their mind not to allow the CM to speak.
The CM is expected to respond to the charges levelled by the Opposition during the debate.
The ruling BJP is in minority in the 100-member, legislative council, the upper house in the state’s bicameral legislature.
Leader of the opposition and SP national president Akhilesh Yadav while speaking on the budget on Wednesday had launched a vitriolic attack on the BJP government.
His controversial statement on China’s war prowess vis a vis India’s had elicited strong criticism from the treasury benches.
Several bills, which were passed by the legislative assembly, the lower house, were later cleared by the council sans the Opposition.
First Published: Jul 28, 2017 15:03 IST