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UP House begins debate on Motion of Thanks to Governor

Opposition makes a bid to corner Mulayam Singh Yadav Govt over Nithari killings, Kavita case, reports Umesh Raghuvanshi.

india Updated: Jan 24, 2007 21:18 IST

As the Vidhan Sabha began debating motion of thanks to Governor TV Rajeswar for his address before joint sitting of two Houses of state legislature the opposition on Wednesday made a bid to corner Mulayam Singh Yadav government over Nithari killings, Kavita murder case and rape of two girl inmates in a Madarsa of Allahabad.

There were attacks on Mulayam government and opposition listed failures one after the other from poor law and order situation to attacks on institution of Governor. As opposition leaders left no opportunity to attack his government Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav could be seen listing all they spoke to give a point to point reply when he speaks in Vidhan Sabha before proposed voting on motion of thanks to Governor on Thursday.

Today, Leader of Opposition Lalji Tandon was well prepared while others in opposition also left no opportunity to embarrass government. The Bahujan Samaj Party leader Swami Prasad Maurya though tried to be focused. Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey at last asked him to cut short address.

The Congress Legislature Party Leader Pramod Tiwari too looked comfortable as he assumed role of a leader from an opposition party. The Rashtriya Lok Dal leader Kokab Hamid too found some points to attack the government of which he had been a part till now.

So, Tandon not only took a dig at Mulayam government for its failures on various fronts but also urged Chief Minister not to venture to make Uttar Pradesh a "Sarvottam Pradesh." Chief Minister proposed to make Uttar Pradesh a Sarvottam Pradesh, said Tandon asking chief minister not to do so as prevailing situation spoke well on so called Uttam Pradesh.

"If this is Uttam Pradesh kindly do not go to make it Sarvottam Pradesh," said Tandon who also used the occasion to urge chief minister to ensure that state got rid of Uttar Pradesh Development Council.

About 20,000 hectares of fertile land was being given to builders, he said adding if the fertile land was given to such projects there would be no land left for agriculture purpose. Tandon raised questions over entry of multinational and big companies in retail business and said how could this happen during Samajwadi Party led government.

Tandon flayed CM for disbursing unemployment allowance of Rs 500 per month in what he called flagrant violation of financial rules. Without naming any scheme Tandon said disbursement of Rs 500 per month was like giving alms. At this point Chief Minister rose from his seat and asked Tandon to say directly whatever he wanted to say.

Tandon clarified that he never favoured doling out sums without formulating any scheme to provide employment. Tandon attacked Minister for Family Welfare Ahmad Hasan for saying that there should be no restriction on number of children and mothers with more than one child would be given cash award.

The State Government should confer "Yash Bharti" on the official who drafted the address, he said. Tandon pointed out how there have been protests against hanging of former Iraq President Saddam Hussain.

There has been a demand not to hang parliament attack case accused Afzal Guru. This was for first time that Chief Minister probably watched the Congress Legislature Party leader speaking against his government in the House.

Chief Minister was in a lighter mood when Loktantrik Bahujan Dal (LBD) leader Rajendra Singh Rana began to speak and said some words of praise for chief minister. The RLD leader Kokab Hamid too attacked the Mulayam government for not making a mention of polio immunisation, problems of weavers and high sugar cane price to cane growers.

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First Published: Jan 24, 2007 21:18 IST