Wednesday’s violence and arson in Noida echoed in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly on Thursday with members expressing concern over the incidents. As the Government came under fire from the Opposition parties for the mayhem in Noida and the failure of the law enforcing agencies to control the situation some members felt that absence of adequate security might drive away the investors.
Earlier, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said during Question Hour that the Partnership Summit held in Agra in January would be a stepping stone for industrial investment.
Raising the issue during Zero Hour, leader of the BJP Legislature Party Hukum Singh said jungle raj prevailed in Noida on Wednesday and for six hours it seemed there was no presence of a government in the industrial area. Security measures for the safety of industrial units were missing and there was complete failure of the government machinery, Mr. Singh said. He said that about 1000 to 1500 units were hit by the violence and about three dozen vehicles were torched by the mob. He charged that maintenance of law and order is not a priority for the government.
Stating that the government should be sensitive towards the problems of the entrepreneurs, Mr. Singh said Noida is like a mirror, but why would industrial units be set up when no security is provided to them?
Similar concerns were expressed by BJP deputy leader Satish Mahana who said Noida violence will have long-term consequences. Describing the situation as anarchic, Mr. Mahana said entrepreneurs were wary of operating their units. He said a firm resolve should be shown by the government to contain the situation.
Pramod Tiwari of the Congress saw a sequence in the violence as units were targeted by the rampaging mobs. He alleged that the violence was pre-planned and a conspiracy was hatched by some persons to create terror.
Leader of Opposition Swamy Prasad Maurya while referring to a murder in Pratapgarh and the killing of a sweet seller in his constituency, Padrauna, said an element of fear has been created under the present regime. The anti-social elements were emboldened as the law and order situation had deteriorated.
Responding to the Opposition attack, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Mohammad Azam Khan said Noida is very important for Uttar Pradesh and gave the assurance that full security would be provided to the industrial units. Mr. Khan said a probe has been ordered by the government and its report would be submitted in two days. The Minister said people from the adjoining villages emerged suddenly and indulged in violence and arson. He said arrests have been made and described the situation as under control.
Mr. Khan slammed the trade unions for their role in violence and arson and added that this would affect their cause.
The State’s industrial and infrastructure scenario figured prominently in the House on Thursday. Radha Mohan Das Agarwal (BJP) mentioned the flight of industries from eastern Uttar Pradesh (Purvanchal) to Bihar as better incentives have been given to entrepreneurs in the neighbouring State’s industrial policy.
Dr. Agarwal said capital subsidy is the biggest incentive for investors in Bihar’s industrial policy, which, he added, was missing in U.P.’s Industrial Policy-2012.