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Bedlam over riots stalls House

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Posted: September 17, 2013 4:35 am

Opposition parties stalled the proceedings of the state assembly over Muzaffarnagar violence on the first day of Monsoon Session on Monday.

Members of BSP,BJP,Congress and RLD trooped in the well raising slogans and displaying placards against the Akhilesh Yadav government. Both Question Hour and Zero Hour were lost due to the ruckus by the Opposition members.

Amid the pandemonium,the government — within 15 minutes — introduced six new bills and tabled CAG report for general and social sector,public sector undertakings and MNREGA scheme. It also tabled the report of one-member Nimesh Commission constituted to probe the arrest of alleged terror suspects Khalid Mujahid and Tariq Qasmi from Barabanki in the 2007 serial court blasts.

As the House assembled,RLD member Veerpal Singh Rathi went into the well only to be sent back for the recitation of Vande Matram.

Later,all Opposition parties — BSP,BJP,Congress and RLD — trooped in the Well of the House raising slogans. BSP members wore caps with slogans ‘Danga Raj ya Jangal Raj,Isi Ko Kaho SP Raj’ and climbed the reporters desk. BJP members too raised slogans against “atrocities on Hindus”. The Congress members,on the other hand,demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. RLD members,though few in numbers,too raised slogans while their leader Jayant Choudhary watched from the gallery.

Blaming the BJP for instigating riots in Muzaffarnagar,Parliamentary Affairs Minister Azam Khan said: “These people and fascist forces started riots in a planned manner. We should understand this.”

Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey adjourned the House for 15 minutes. The scene,however,did not change when the House assembled after adjournment. BJP members turned more vocal and tried to climb the Speaker’s podium but were prevented by the security staff.

SP member Zahid Beg tried to confront the BJP but was stopped by other members. Suresh Rana,the BJP MLA who is named in a FIR for Muzaffarnagar violence,led the sloganeering. The Speaker adjourned the House till Zero Hour.

During Zero Hour,BJP members continued their protest by climbing the tables and stalling work. All parties had moved adjournment notices over Muzaffarnagar violence and the Speaker allowed the discussion. Both BSP and Congress were ready for a discussion but the BJP continued its protest.

Leader of Opposition Swami Prasad Maurya urged the Speaker to maintain order in the House. as they are ready for discussion. Congress member Pramod Tiwari stated that BJP does not want a discussion,as they were behind the riots and want to hide their role. Tiwari’s statement was received by thumping of desks by ruling SP benches. Even Azam Khan said: “The government is ready for a discussion. BJP wants to turn UP into Gujarat but government will not allow it. We will take tough action against them.”

Amid the pandemonium,the Speaker continued with the business of the House. Within 15 minutes,six bills were introduced and some reports tabled before the Assembly was adjourned till Wednesday.

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