BSP members disrupt House proceedings, stage walkout
THE BAHUJAN Samaj Party today disrupted proceedings and staged a walkout to demand that the breakaway group of 40 BSP MLAs be treated as its part and be asked to sit with the main party in the Vidhan Sabha.india Updated: Mar 02, 2006 01:58 IST
THE BAHUJAN Samaj Party today disrupted proceedings and staged a walkout to demand that the breakaway group of 40 BSP MLAs be treated as its part and be asked to sit with the main party in the Vidhan Sabha.
Uproarious scenes were witnessed in the House soon after it assembled at 11 AM. Once Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey announced that there would be no question hour and written answers would be part of proceedings BSP leader Swami Prasad Maurya rose from his seat to demand that he be allowed to read out operative part of the three-judge bench of the Allahabad High Court with regard to the 40 BSP MLAs’ case.
As the Speaker’s orders of September 6, 2003, September 9, 2003 and September 7, 2005 had been declared null and void the HC verdict had restored the pre-BSP split situation in the Vidhan Sabha, said Maurya while urging the Speaker to ask BSP members to sit with the party members and mark their attendance in the ‘no’ lobby in the Vidhan Sabha.
There was frequent slogan shouting and BSP members thronged the well of the House calling the Mulayam government as anti-constitutional. As BSP members continued to shout anti-Mulayam government slogans Samajwadi Party members too countered them raising slogans of ‘Kisan Hiteshi Sarkar Khoob Chalegi’.
Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey’s repeated requests failed to pacify the BSP members and slogan shouting continued there for nearly two hours.
Minister for Urban Development Mohammad Azam Khan said the BSP wanted to form government with the BJP’s support. A government was formed only on the basis of verdict of people’s court, said Azam asking the BSP members to go to the people to get their verdict.
By raising demand to treat the breakaway group as its part the BSP was trying to serve its own interest, he said and added that the BSP was not concerned about the fate of the breakaway group’s members who would lose their membership.
There were frequent demands from the Congress and the BJP members urging the Speaker to restore order in the House. Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, who was present in the House, said the BSP should not take advantage of the Samajwadi Party’s soft attitude.
The SP would not allow such a situation in the House, he said adding there was no confusion about the High Court’s verdict and the 40 BSP MLAs continued as members of the Loktantrik Bahujan Dal.
At this point Leader of the Opposition Lalji Tandon also urged the Speaker to either restore order or adjourn the House.
Azam also supported Tandon’s point and said the High Court had not rejected the breakaway group’s application informing the Speaker about formation of the Loktantrik Bahujan Dal. There were only two options left in the post-High Court verdict scenario: There could be an appeal against HC verdict or the Speaker had to give his verdict on the issue, said Azam.