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Mulayam wins trust vote amidst boycott

The opposition boycotts the proceedings and only members of the SP-led ruling coalition participate in the motion.

india Updated: Jan 25, 2007 21:30 IST

The motion of thanks to the governor's address along with a one-line confidence motion moved by Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav himself was passed in the Vidhan Sabha on Thursday. Both the motions were passed by 223 to nil votes in the lobby division which was demanded by the ruling party members. The entire opposition boycotted the proceedings.

The House started on a stormy note with the BSP, the BJP, the Congress and the Rashtriya Lok Dal jointly demanding resignation of Transport Minister Naresh Agarwal on his Wednesday remarks that Agar mein neta sadan hota to baimani karta, dankey ki chot pe karta aur BJP ko Allahabad Mayor ka election nahin jitne deta.

Leader of the opposition Lalji Tandon urged the Speaker to relax rules and take up his notice on priority to discuss Agarwal's comment. The Speaker, however, said that the comment was hypothetical as what Agarwal actually meant was that the ruling party candidate would have won the Allahabad mayor's election if the Government had indulged in rigging.

This enraged the entire opposition and opposition members started raising slogans and later squatted in the well of the House. Azam Khan tried to say something but nothing could be heard in the prevailing chaos and the House was adjourned for 10 minutes, which was extended twice till 12.15 pm.

In a bid to resolve the issue, the Speaker invited leaders of the opposition parties. They initially refused to go but later held a closed-door meeting in the Speaker's chamber.

However, when the House gathered again, Tandon said that Agarwal's comment would be treated as 'policy of the Government' and regretted that even the chief minister, who was present in the House, did not react or contradict Agarwal's comment. Tandon said it was a serious issue as the whole opposition was enraged and demanded that Naresh Agarwal must resign.

Leader of the BSP Legislature Party Swami Prasad Maurya expressed similar views demanding Agarwal's resignation. Congress Legislature Party leader Pramod Tiwari said Agarwal's comment was yet another proof that fair and free elections were not possible as the Samajwadi Party would indulge in rigging on dankey ki chot.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Azam Khan did his best to placate an enraged opposition saying Aapki shikayat jayaj hai but the chief minister had never justified Agarwal's comment. Azam said meinkhed vyakt karta hoon, neta sadan ne bhi khed vyakt kiya hai and urged the opposition not to insist on an apology from Naresh Agarwal.

Ignoring Azam's pleas, Tandon said that one should be ready to face the consequences of his mistakes and announced the boycott of the House for the day which was followed by the Congress, the BSP and the RJD members.

First Published: Jan 25, 2007 15:47 IST