The entire Opposition disrupted the Uttar Pradesh Governor, B. L. Joshi’s address to the joint sitting of the State Legislature to mark the opening day of the Budget session of the House on Thursday. This was also the opening session of the year 2010.

Amidst the din, the Governor read the opening and the last paragraph of his 43-page address before leaving the House. The opening proceedings were over in four minutes before the Vidhan Sabha was adjourned till 12.30 pm.

As the Governor climbed on the Speaker’s podium to read out his address, the Samajwadi Party, Bharatiya Janata Party, Congress and Rashtriya Lok Dal MLAs were on their feet to air their protest against the Bahujan Samaj Party Government. The Opposition MLAs raised banners and posters while the SP and BJP legislators stood on their seats. Some MLAs carrying banners and placards entered the well of the House. The Opposition members were united in condemning the price rise and corruption in the government.

While the SP demanded the dismissal of the Mayawati Government and the fixation of cane procurement price at Rs. 300 per quintal, the BJP, Congress and the RLD said the poor were being ignored by the present regime and corruption was ruling the roost.

In his address, the Uttar Pradesh Governor noted that the meaning of development had been re-defined by the government by linking it to the ground realities of the State. Mr. Joshi said efforts have also been made to provide basic amenities to the people and the policy of “ sarvajan hitaya, sarvajan sukhaya” has been the basis for the uplift of the poor, farmers, weaker sections and minorities.

He said the Scheduled Castes/Tribes, the exploited and the most neglected sections have been the focus of each and every decision of the Government. Mr. Joshi said memorials, parks and statues have been erected, districts created and universities established named after great men like Mahatma Jyotiba Phule, Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj, Narayana Guru, Baba Saheb Bhimrao Ambedkar and Kanshi Ram. This had been done to give them proper respect as they ha dedicated their whole life for the cause of the exploited sections, the Governor added.

The steps taken by the Mayawati Government to check price rise, augment farmers’ income, towards developing infrastructure, availability of power and increase the production of food grains, milk and horticulture products were mentioned in detail by the Governor. Mr. Joshi also mentioned the public welfare measures launched by the government.

Stating that the rule of law had been enforced, Mr. Joshi said tough action has been taken against laws breakers irrespective of their position, or influence. He noted that the Sixth Pay Commission had been implemented by the government and efforts have been taken to spread the benefits of education.

He said the government had sought Rs. 80,000 crore package from the Central Government for the development of backward areas. The Governor stated that a letter has been written to the Centre for acceptance of the creation of separate states of Purvanchal, western Uttar Pradesh and Bundelkhand.

When the House reassembled, the Speaker, Sukhdev Rajbhar completed the remaining business before adjourning it for the day. The House will meet on January 2.

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