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Azam equates BJYM protest to terror attack on Parliament

Leader of the House Ahmed Hasan said nearly 1,000-1,200 BJP youth wing workers, armed with canes and crackers, tried to enter the Bhavan compound.

BJP workers stage a dharna in front of the DM’s office against Monday’s police lathi charge on party workers, in Lucknow on Tuesday. (Source: Express photo byPramod Singh) BJP workers stage a dharna in front of the DM’s office against Monday’s police lathi charge on party workers, in Lucknow on Tuesday. (Source: Express photo by Pramod Singh)

Equating the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha’s (BJYM) protest on Monday in front of the Vidhan Bhavan to the terrorist attack on the Parliament House in 2001, SP leader Azam Khan Tuesday suggested that offices of all political parties situated in the vicinity of the Assembly be shifted immediately.

BJP’s state office is situated opposite the Vidhan Bhavan. The activists of the BJYM —- party’s youth wing —- had Monday reached the gates of the Vidhan Bhavan and some had allegedly hurled shoes and bricks inside the campus which later led the police to resort to lathicharge and tear gas shells to disperse them.

Soon after the House assembled, Azam raised the issue terming it shameful and said the Vidhan Bhavan’s window panes were broken an employee was hurt. “What would have happened had they entered Vidhan Sabha,” Azam, also the parliamentary affairs minister, said showing photographs of BJYM workers clashing with the police.

His cabinet colleague Ambika Choudhary said that arms were stockpiled in the BJP office and a planned attack was made using bricks, acid bombs and rods. Azam seconded Ambika and said “You (BJP) will collect bombs in your office and hurl them at Vidhan Sabha. You will beat the police constables”.

BJP’s Satish Mahana countered saying it was duty of the opposition to highlight the deteriorating law and order situation in the state. As both BJP and SP members indulged in a shouting match, Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey adjourned the House for 10 minutes, which was later extended to half an hour.

Later after Zero Hour, Mahana again raised the issue stating that the BJYM protest was against faulty policies of state government.

However, Azam claimed that it was staged to divert the attention from the failed policies of the BJP-led central government. “Even media has asked for protection. Bombs were used during the protest. Security of the Vidhan Sabha, including the Speaker and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, is at risk,” he said.

Leader of opposition Swami Prasad Maurya blamed the SP government for the protest saying BJP learnt such practices from the ruling party’s halla bol programmes in the past.

Azam then compared the armed attack by “goons” on Monday to terrorist attack on the Parliament. BJP members trooped to the well over the statement even as Azam reiterated that all political parties offices near the Vidhan Bhavan should be shifted immediately. Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey said it was upto the state government to consider it.

While the BJP members kept shouting slogans against the state government and Azam, minister Shivpal Yadav tabled the PWD budget. The cut motion by BJP member Bawan Singh was not tabled and the Speaker passed the budget.

Later, BSP’s Maurya again attacked the BJP saying that their leader (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) bows his head at the doorstep of temple of democracy (Parliament) while his partymen hurl shoes at Vidhan Sabha. To this, Azam added that BJP leaders even bow their head at the grave of Jinnah in Pakistan and accompany terrorists to Kandhar.

Amidst the disruption, Speaker adjourned the House till 2:55 pm. After the House reassembled, the budget for cooperative, power, forest and excise were tabled and passed.

 Legislative Council directs govt  to conduct high-level inquiry

Legislative Council chairman Ganesh Shanker Pandey Tuesday directed state government  to conduct a high-level inquiry into the clash between BJP youth wing workers and police outside Vidhan Bhawan Monday.

BJP members, who had raised the issue in the House through an adjournment notice, staged a walkout in protest against the state government not assuring to lodge FIRs on the complaints of BJP workers.

BJP member Vinod Pandey said the party workers, who were protesting outside the Vidhan Bhavan for over a week, were assaulted by police only Monday because the state government was worried over their huge gathering.

Leader of the House Ahmed Hasan said nearly 1,000-1,200 BJP youth wing workers, armed with canes and crackers, tried to enter the Bhavan compound and scale the police barricading to move towards the CM’s residence.

Hasan said the BJP workers also damaged the vehicles of media persons. He also said around 19 personnel of the police and Rapid Action Force (RAF) sustained injuries in the incident.

The FIRs have been lodged in this connection and the police had to use mild force because the BJP workers were trying to disturb peace, he added.

Meanwhile, BJP leader in the House Hridya Narain Dixit said the government has not informed the House about the youths who sustained injuries in the incident.

Dixit demanded the government ensure lodging of FIRs on the complaints of BJP workers and further action is taken on the basis of the inquiry.

BJP members staged the walk out while Chairman rejected their notice and directed the government to get the inquiry conducted in the matter by a senior rank officer.

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