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BSP, SP members clash in House over Ambedkar issue

Mulayam threatens if BSP again interrupts, he would ask his members to counter them, reports M Hasan.

india Updated: Dec 05, 2006 17:00 IST
M Hasan
M Hasan

The treasury benches and the BSP members clashed in the Vidhan Parishad on Tuesday over the defiling of statue of Dr BR Ambedkar in Kanpur.

While Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav blasted BSP of politicising the issue, the BSP leader Kamla Kant Gautam said desecration of statue of Dr BR Ambedkar in Kanpur had amply demonstrated that law and order had collapsed in the state. When the BSP pressed for CBI probe into the incident the chief minister said instead of demanding CBI investigation into the matter, the probe should be conducted in sudden flare-up in Maharashtra.

Replying to the debate on adjournment motion on Kanpur incident moved by the BSP in House on Tuesday, the chief minister also flayed the BSP for converting Dr Ambedkar as leader of one caste. "You are making him a caste leader and we see him as a national leader," Yadav angrily told the BSP members who tried to interrupt the chief minister and later walked out of the House.

Earlier as soon as House assembled for the day, the BSP members shouting slogan against the government rushed into the well of the House. The chairman, Chaudhury Sukhram Singh Yadav, adjourned the house for 30 minutes. Interestingly the Congress member Nasib Pathan also joined the BSP in the walk out.

The chief minister said it was matter of investigation how suddenly such a large crowd gathered at various places in Maharashtra and resorted to violence. Yadav said Kanpur remained peaceful but violence erupted in Maharashtra. Quoting Dr Ambedkar, the chief minister said he was not the maker of the Constitution but a "steno", as Dr Ambedkar himself put it. Yadav said when everybody started saying that "he was maker of the Constitution we also accepted it." Accusing the BSP members of not knowing the history and not even cultured enough to talk, the chief minister threatened if they again interrupted he would ask his members to counter them. Yadav said "I do not want to enter into argument with them".

Earlier raising the issue, BSP leader Gautam assailed the Yadav government of conspiring to defile the statue in Kanpur. He said the police also arrested an innocent boy Arun Valmiki to frame in him desecration case. Gautam said law and order had crumbled and there was total anarchy in the state. Nasimuddin Siddique (BSP) demanding CBI probe into the incident said adequate protection should be given to the parents of Arun who were under constant pressure of the local police. The leader of Opposition–Dr Nepal Singh – also assailed the government on the issue. However the leader of the House and family welfare minister Ahmad Hasan assured the members that culprit would be arrested soon.

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First Published: Dec 05, 2006 17:00 IST