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House adjourned sine die amid protests by BSP, BJP members

Activists of BJP’s women wing protest outside the state Assembly, in Lucknow on Monday. (Vishal Srivastav) Activists of BJP’s women wing protest outside the state Assembly, in Lucknow on Monday. (Source: Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)
Express News Service | Lucknow | Posted: July 8, 2014 3:12 am | Updated: July 8, 2014 8:37 am

Uttar Pradesh Assembly was adjourned sine-die Monday after passage of the general and departmental budgets amid din as BSP members created ruckus over inflation while BJP members protested against the worsening law and order situation in the state.

Even before the proceedings for the day began, BSP members squatted in the well of the House. The move was aimed at preventing BJP from taking position there. BSP had moved an adjournment notice over price rise and hoarding of vegetables. Armed with banners such as “Modi Akhilesh Ka Dekho Raj, Mahangai Raj, Jungle Raj”, the BSP MLAs raised slogans. They also targeted the BJP with banners stating ‘Danga Karana BJP Ki Majboori Hai’.

While the BSP legislators were protesting inside the House, its cadres were staging protest outside the Vidhan Bhavan.

BJP legislators too had moved a notice demanding debate under Rule 311 (suspension of all rules) over violent clashes that took place Friday between police and BJP activists over holding of a mahapanchayat at Kanth area of Moradabad. BJP MLAs demanded immediate dismissal of SSP Moradabad saying he acted in a partisan manner.

Amidst the disruption, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Azam Khan blamed the BJP for instigating riots in the state with an eye on the coming Assembly byelection. “They (BJP workers) tried to torch a train in Moradabad. They have taken Naxal training and wanted to enact another Godhra. They are doing it to just win the byelection,” Azam said, adding that BJP move was aimed at defending its “unsuccessful central government”.

As unruly scenes continued, Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey adjourned the House first for 15 minutes and then extended it in phases for a total of one hour and 10 minutes. Both the Question Hour and Zero Hour could not be held.

As the ruckus continued even after the House reassembled, Azam Khan moved a resolution for taking up all legislative businesses slated for the budget session, including the passage of around 60 departmental budgets. Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey cleared the departmental budgets without any debate, besides passing the budget for 2014-2015. Two bills?The Uttar Pradesh State Universities (Second Amendment) Bill 2014 and The Uttar Pradesh Public Premises (Eviction of unauthorised occupants) (Amendment) Bill 2014 were also passed.

The House was later adjourned by the Speaker sine die. The budget session had commenced on June 19 and was scheduled till July 18.

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