SP protests CM Yogi’s remarks on socialism
The Samajwadi Party members created a ruckus in the state assembly on Monday forcing adjournment of the house for the day after question hour to protest chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s observations linking socialist ideology to terrorism, fear, corruption, “goondaism” and dynastic rule.lucknow Updated: Feb 13, 2018 13:15 IST
The Samajwadi Party members created a ruckus in the state assembly on Monday forcing adjournment of the house for the day after question hour to protest chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s observations linking socialist ideology to terrorism, fear, corruption, “goondaism” and dynastic rule.
Leader of opposition Ram Govind Chaudhary raised the issue in the assembly soon after question hour saying the chief minister should tender an apology for his observations at a programme here on Saturday.
A debate on motion of thanks to governor Ram Naik for his address before joint session of the two houses of the state legislature could not be held and other listed business was taken up amid noisy scenes as the Samajwadi Party members entered the well of the house soon after Chaudhary’s statement.
The SP members began raising anti-chief minister slogans and even sat on a dharna in the well of the house. Speaker Hridaya Narain Dixit though said Yogi had lauded socialist ideologue Ram Manohar Lohia at the same programme, Chaudhary condemned the chief minister’s observations and read out a list of leaders, including Ram Manohar Lohia, Jai Prakash Narain, former Prime Minister late Chandra Shekhar and others, and said a mention of socialism had been made in the preamble of Constitution.
Minister for parliamentary affairs Suresh Khanna said the SP was causing disturbance in the house as part of a conspiracy. He said the conduct of the SP was condemnable in the house. He said the SP had given a clean chit to the Students Islamic Movement of India.
He also said the SP had also spent a part of budget on a particular caste and was giving a new definition to dynastic rule.
Chaudhary said chief minister was a disciple of Mahant Avaidyanath. He listed names of Mahant Avaidyanath and Digvijaya Nath etc. and said the succession there also indicated towards a dynasty.
Chaudhary also referred to release of Masood Azhar and other militants and sending them on a plane to Afghanistan to end the hostage crisis during the tenure of BJP stalwart Atal Bihari Vajpayee as Prime Minister and Sadhvi Pragya case to make his point that the saffron brigade leaders had supported terrorism. He also accused the Yogi Adityanath government of indulging in corruption.
First Published: Feb 13, 2018 13:15 IST