Pandemonium in UP Assembly, MLAs marshaled out
Legislators from BSP, BJP, RLD, Apna Dal jumped into the Well of the House with placards and banners even before the Assembly proceedings started.
BSP members donning caps with slogans “Daliton par atyachar nahi chalega” (atrocities on Dalits will not be tolerated) and banners highlighting the issue of cane dues protested against the government.
BJP members raised the issues of law and order, electricity, women security etc.
RLD members also pitched in raising the issue of non-payment of cane dues while Peace Party member Ayub was seen with the banner “Adityanath ke goondon ko giraftar karo” (arrest goons of Adityanath).
Amidst the din, Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey tried to pacify the members to return to their seats for Question Hour, but his attempt went in vain.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Mohd Azam Khan said strict action should be taken against the legislators, whom he accused of committing contempt of the House by jumping into the Well even before the start of the proceedings and arrival of the Speaker.
“They are trying to communalise things and vitiate the atmosphere of the state. BSP men are doing all this for cheap media publicity. Instead of pointing banners to us, they are showing it to media, which showed their intentions,” he said.
On his demand, a resolution was passed with voice vote to remove the agitating legislators from the House following which the Speaker asked the marshals to evict them.
BJP, Congress and BSP MLAs jostled with other legislators and continued to raise slogans while marshals tried to remove them. While some resisted the marshals, others voluntarily went outside the House.
Some BSP MLAs were seen using force while resisting the marshals.
“It has never happened in the House. Some legislators used force with marshals,” Khan charged.
The Speaker said he was forced to take strict action.
“It was a strict decision but necessary. The action (of MLAs) against marshals should be condemned. Both BSP and BJP are competing with each other in creating nuisance for cheap publicity,” Khan said.
The agitated MLAs after being removed from the House sat on dharna in the gallery outside.
Later, Speaker continued Question Hour but as opposition leaders were not present he started agenda of Zero hour.
Later, Azam Khan moved a resolution to call back the protesting legislators stating “the House proceedings do not look good without them”. Though Congress members conceded, BSP, BJP and other parties continued sloganeering outside the House.
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav meanwhile presented supplementary grant of over Rs 25,000 crore for the financial year 2016-17.
CAG report on UP crime gives fresh ammunition to oppn
Virtually providing a fresh weapon to the opposition against the Akhilesh Yadav government on the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India in its latest report on Tuesday noted a sharp rise in crimes against women in the state.
The report, which assumes significance ahead of crucial Assembly elections in the state barely a few months away, was tabled in the state legislature.
It pointed out that there has been 61 per cent increase in crimes against women between 2010-11 to 2014-15. A major portion of the period under CAG review was during the tenure of the Samajwadi Party government which came to power in March, 2012. It said that while crime against women in 2012-13 was 24,652, it rose to 31,810 in 2013-14.“The crimes against women did not decline in 2014-15,” it read.
Attributing the increase in crime graph to lack of sufficient police force, the CAG said that against sanctioned limit of 178.48 policemen per one lakh population, only 81 were available, marking a shortfall of 55 per cent. Latching on to the report, opposition BJP pooh-poohed the government’s claims of taking effective steps to check crime against women.
“It vindicates the view of our party that the SP government has failed to protect the dignity of women and provide them safety and security,” BJP General Secretary Vijay Bahadur Pathak said.