The Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council Tuesday witnessed an uproar as the state government “disowned” its annual book — Uttar Pradesh 2013 — that was earlier released by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and praises the memorials and parks developed by the previous Mayawati government.
The BSP leaders attacked the ruling Samajwadi Party for speaking against the memorials and parks in the public even as the state government’s Information Department publishes books praising the same as “commendable creations” and “milestones of the first decade of the 21st century”.
The Indian Express was first to report about about the book in its Monday edition in a report headlined “After ordering probe, Akhilesh govt now praises Maya memorials, parks”.
Speaking on behalf of the government, Leader of the House Ahmed Hasan had disowned the book on Monday. On Tuesday, the BSP members raised anti-government slogans and staged protest in the well after Hasan quoted the name of the newspaper which carried the story.
Following the uproar, Chairman Ganesh Shankar Pandey adjourned the House for 20 minutes and later extended it for another 10 minutes.
Earlier, on Monday, Leader of Opposition Naseemuddin Siddiqui had read the contents of the book in the House. After Question Hour Tuesday, Samajwadi Party member Yashwant Singh raised objection over Siddiqui reading the contents of the book. Singh also claimed that the book was published by the then BSP government.
However, BSP member Lokesh Prajapati said, the Chief Minister himself had released the book during a function at his official residence. Prajapati said that the book was published by Information department and it should be considered as a government document.
When the discussion on vote of thanks on the Governor’s joint address resumed, Siddiqui continued with issue and said, when CM had released the book at his residence on January 17, several other ministers were present there. “Can any person release a book without agreeing with its content?” Siddiqui asked.
On the other hand, Ahmed Hasan kept denying that the book was published by the Information Department. “A private publisher has published that book and state government has only purchased it from him,” Hasan explained.
Hasan had repeatedly claimed on Monday that he had not seen the book and the state government has not got it published. He also claimed that no such book has been released. The chairman had then asked the government to inquire into the matter. Hasan assured to inquire whether the book was published under the current SP rule or by the previous BSP regime. Siddiqui, however, said that if the signature in the column of Information Director was not of the incumbent and his facts were found wrong, he will resign from the House membership.