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U.P. Govt. under fire over firing issue

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Congress MLAs staging a protest in the Assembly gallery in Lucknow on Monday.
Congress MLAs staging a protest in the Assembly gallery in Lucknow on Monday.

Special Correspondent

LUCKNOW: The short session of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly got off to a stormy start on Monday as the entire Opposition stalled the House proceedings on the police firing in Ghodhi Bachherha village in Greater Noida on August 13. The Opposition parties were demanding a discussion on the issue. As pandemonium prevailed, the Speaker, Sukhdev Rajbhar, adjourned the House for the day at around 1-20 p.m. but not before finishing the remaining business in the midst of the din. Since the Assembly was twice adjourned the entire Question Hour was lost.

Chief Minister Mayawati, who announced the Government’s decision to implement the Sixth Pay Commission’s recommendations in the State, was not allowed to speak by the Opposition, who continued with their protests.

When the Vidhan Sabha assembled at 11 a.m. on Monday after a gap of six months, the Speaker called Ms. Mayawati to make her announcement. As the Chief Minister began her address, the Samajwadi Party, Bharatiya Janata Party, Congress and Rashtriya Lok Dal members were on their feet demanding a discussion on the Ghodhi Bachherha incident.

The Leader of Opposition, Mulayam Singh, drew the Chair’s attention to the incident and said that it was a serious issue as five farmers were killed in police firing. Stating that the land compensation issue was related to eight villages in Greater Noida, Mr. Singh wanted that adequate compensation should be given to the farmers whose land had been acquired. He demanded a discussion on the subject under rule 311.

As the Chief Minister again started speaking, the Opposition MLAs stormed the Well of the House and raised anti-Government slogans.

The Congress MLAs raised banners demanding the resignation of the Mayawati Government on the injustice to farmers of Ghodhi Bachherha and Badalpur villages.

When a couple of SP members climbed on the Vidhan Sabha reporters’ desk, Mr. Rajbhar warned them to restore order or face suspension.

The House was adjourned twice till 12-20 p.m. Disorder continued when the House reassembled. It was later adjourned for the day.

Reacting to the Opposition parties’ role in the House, the Chief Minister said it was a political conspiracy to defame her Government.

Ms. Mayawati told reporters at her official residence that the Opposition parties were flustered as they had no issues left to take on the BSP Government in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. Stating that law and order would be maintained at all costs, Ms. Mayawati warned the Opposition that it would not be allowed to succeed in its game plan.


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