Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today assured the states first-time MLAs that he would try to ensure adequate debates on various issues during the coming budget session of the Assembly. He also appealed to them to learn the rules of parliamentary democracy to become good legislators.
Akhilesh was speaking at the orientation programme for first-time MLAs of the UP Assembly. Of the total 403,167 MLAs,including 19 women,were elected to the Assembly for the first time. However,151 first-time MLAs attended the orientation programme.
Akhilesh said voters always have high expectations from those who are elected the first time. Referring to the old tradition of good debates in the House,Akhilesh said he would try to run the House for a good period of time. He underlined the need for full preparation before participating in a debate. The members will get opportunity to speak on the subject of their choice, he said. He also added that the House should be run as per rules.
Congratulating the MLAs,Assembly Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey told them that the budget session beginning from May 28 would continue till the second week of July.
Ishwardas Rohani,speaker of MP Assembly,said dialogue is very important in any democracy. He appealed to the MLAs to be present regularly during sessions.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Azam Khan said the democratic system requires a lot of patience. He assured the MLAs that he would not give them any opportunity to complain against him either inside the House or outside.
Rajya Sabha member and SP general secretary Mohan Singh suggested that the Speaker constitute a joint committee on the pattern of the Parliament to keep a vigil on the MLA LAD fund.
You must protect the prestige of this Assembly. You have inherited a rich legacy, Singh told the MLAs.