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UP legislative council adjourned after noisy scenes

This is the second time in the history of Vidhan Parishad that dharna continued even after adjournment, reports M Hasan.

india Updated: Jan 24, 2007 16:28 IST
M Hasan
M Hasan

Opposition members in UP took to dharna in the well of the House on Wednesday. While members of the three parties squatted on the floor, the House was locked.

As soon as the House assembled the BSP, RLD and Congress rushed into the well of the House with placard and posters demanding debate on rape of Muslim girls of a Madarsa in Allahabad and problems of sugarcane farmers.

Amid din the chairman Chaudhury Sukhram Singh Yadav adjourned the House for 30 minutes.

However when the protesting members refused to relent the House was adjourned for the day.

The members however refused to leave the House, thereby forcing the security men to lock the doors. Only one entrance was left open.

Later the BSP leader in assembly Swami Prasad Maurya intervened and persuaded them to lift dharna.

This was for the second time in the history of Vidhan Parishad that dharna continued even after adjournment. In 1980s during the Congress regime the Opposition had taken to such recourse and it continued more than 24 hours.

The BSP legislature party chief Kamla Kant Gautam and BSP general secretary Nasimuddin Siddique later told newsmen that the members were not taken into confidence before the day's adjournment.

Siddique alleged that ruling party Mafiosi was involved in rape of two Muslim girls in Allahabad. Siddique appreciated the girls for rejecting Rs two-lakh compensation announced by the chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav.

He said, "Rape could not be compensated by financial assistance". Demanding dismissal of the Yadav government for deteriorating law and order situation Siddique said Madarsa rape case should be handed over to the CBI.

He said the government had also been trying to hush up rape of another Muslim girl in Jaunpur district on January 14.

Siddique said the Muslims were feeling unsafe under the present regime and therefore the President's rule should be imposed.

The RLD leaders Munna Singh Chauhan and Hari Singh Dhillon said the members had right to raise the problems of the people. But the government had been trying to crush the voice of Opposition; Chauhan said and added that "anti-farmers" government should be sacked without further delay.

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First Published: Jan 24, 2007 13:17 IST