Match shift: Oppn stages walkout
THE ENTIRE opposition on Thursday staged a walkout following the Government’s last minute refusal to grant permission to hold the inter-state Ranji Trophy One Day Final at the KD Singh ‘Babu’ Stadium on March 21. They also demanded resignation of Sports Minister RK Chaudhary.
Later, the BJP members entered the well of the House and raised anti-Government slogans, but the Presiding Officer Shyam Surat Upadhya leafed through the agenda amidst chaos and slogan shouting before adjourning the House for the day.
Raising the issue through an adjournment notice during the Zero Hour, Pramod Tiwari and Jagdambika Pal (both Congress) alleged that the anti-sports policies of the Government were demoralising the sports men that too at a time when the young sportspersons were making place in national teams. Tiwari said that the decision to cancel the stadium booking was taken under pressure from a person, who had nothing to do with the cricket but was trying to take over the UPCA through political pressures. Terming the issue as unfortunate, Tiwari added the cricket-loving people and cricketers were deprived of an opportunity to watch a good cricket match in the State Capital.
Opposing the notice, Sports Minister RK Chaudhary first highlighted various decisions taken by the Government to encourage sports activities but later disclosed that the stadium was actually never allotted for the one-day final match as the organisers had not completed required formalities for booking of the stadium. It was, therefore, incorrect to say that the booking was cancelled in the last minute.
Disagreeing with the minister, Pramod Tiwari said the officials concerned should have called the organisers to complete the formalities and accused the minister of working under pressure. The Congress members later walked out.
The BSP members raised similar objections while the BJP members entered the well leading to noisy scenes.
LU rowdiness discussed
Growing rowdiness on the Lucknow University campus figured in the Vidhan Sabha where a demand to initiate measures to check it was made on Thursday.
BJP member Suresh Kumar Srivastava raised the issue through an adjournment motion saying the LU was known for its association with Acharya Narendra Dev, Chandrabhanu Gupta and Pandit Shankar Dayal Sharma. Yet, the rowdy elements are ruling the roost on the campus, he said referring to some incidents of violence.
The Government tabled the Mangalayatan University Uttar Pradesh Bill 2006 to set up a university in private sector. The Kunkund Educational Society Aligarh proposes to set up the university.
Vidhan Sabha adjourned
THE VIDHAN Sabha had to be adjourned again and again in view of lack of quorum on Thursday. As the required number of members were not present, the House could not commence its sitting at 11 am.
As there was no quorum, the bells were pressed twice for quite some time till Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey arrived at 11.15 am to announce that the House was being adjourned till 1 pm. Later, Vidhan Sabha was adjourned yet again till 1.20 pm and subsequently till 2.00 pm. When the House reassembled, the notices under rule 301 and 300 were read out.
‘Civic polls at the earliest’
MINISTER FOR Parliamentary Affairs Mohammad Azam Khan on Thursday assured the Vidhan Sabha the State Government proposed to conduct the elections to posts of chairmen/mayor in urban local bodies at the earliest.
Replying to points raised by BJP member Laxmi Kant Bajpai on the admissibility of his adjournment motion, the minister said the State Government would move ahead on the issue after evaluating all the aspects involved. Speaking on the admissibility of the motion, Bajpai had said that the State Government proposed to defer the Vidhan Sabha polls, though the Allahabad High Court’s six- month deadline to hold the poll was likely to expire on May 28, 2006. The State Government proposed to file an SLP before the Supreme Court on the issue, he said.