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UP assembly drowns in din over Muzaffarnagar riots

UP assembly drowns in din over Muzaffarnagar riots
The opposition members were annoyed when Parliamentary affairs minister Mohammad Azam Khan said only four communal riots occurred in the state from 2012 to February 2014, in which 73 people were killed and 155 injured.

He was replying to a question raised by Congress’s Anugurah Narain Singh and BJP’s Suresh Kumar Khanna. The minister, however, did not give specific details about the compensation but said the government has directed the officials to go stern against the guilty people.’As the matter is also before the Supreme Court, government cannot disclose the details,’ he told the house.

First the BSP members,  led by leader of opposition Swami Prasad Maurya, trooped into the well, alleging the government in the previous session had admitted 27 communal riots while this time they were saying just four. He also claimed the Intelligence Bureau (IB) hadsaid there were 115 riot cases in the state in past one year.After speaker Mata Prasad Pandey persuaded the BSP members to go back to their seats, BJP members raising anti-government slogans entered the well. Khan said leaders of BSP and Congress were also involved in inciting communal tension in Muzaffarnagar.
‘When the minister is saying BSP and Congress leaders were involved, then why they are spared and only innocent BJP MLAs are booked,’ said BJP legislature party leader Hukum Singh. He raised slogans of a nexus between BSP and SP in the matter.

Adarsh issue: Oppn attacks Guv in Mah

The opposition in Maharashtra legislature on Monday shouted slogans against governor K Sankaranarayanan accusing him of protecting corrupt ministers. They raised slogans like’Governor go back’,’make Maharashtra toll free’when the governor delivered his speech to the joint session of both Houses on the first day of the four-day Legislature session.

The protesting members were led by leader of opposition Vinod Tawde. The governor was targeted in view of his refusal to sanction CBI to prosecute former CM Ashok Chavan in the Adarsh housing society scam.In his 40-minute speech, Sankaranarayanan listed achievements of the Prithviraj Chavan-led government in the field of infrastructure, health, e-governance, industrial investment, social sector to uplift lives of poor and down trodden, and steps taken to tide over acute drought situation.

So far, 67 toll plazas have been closed. For bringing uniform policy regarding projections to be implemented under public-private partnership scheme, a PPP toll policy is being considered by the government, he said, adding the state has been able to attract highest foreign direct investment in the country. More than 8.7 crore residents have been enrolled and Aadhar cards have been generated for approximately 8.2 crore residents,’ he said.

Uproar in Chhattisgarh vidhan sabha over saw mill scam

Chhattisgarh Assembly on Monday witnessed uproarious scenes over the issue of a’saw mill scam’, when Opposition Congress members accused the state government of shielding errant Indian Forest Service officials involved in the scam. Congress MLA Bhaiyaram Sinha sought to know when exactly was the probe into the saw mill scam, which was unearthed in 2004-05, ordered, as well as the names of guilty officials.In his reply, CM Raman Singh said as per the directives of the state forest department, the probe committee was constituted into the scam on April 13, 2005 and action was taken against guilty officials. Those officials who were indicted in the report includes the then principal chief conservator of forest R C Sharma, chief conservator of forest, Dhirendra Sharma and then CCF (finance/ budget) Anup Bhalla, among others. Of these, cases against R C Sharma, Dhirendra Sharma, Anup Bhalla and J K Upadhayay have been disposed of after considering their reply to show cause notices, he said. An amount of Rs 29,66,340 was recovered from R K Pandit in this connection and his two salary increments were withheld, he said.
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