CHIEF MINISTER Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday met Governor Ram Naik at Raj Bhavan to discuss bills that are pending with him for his consent.
In a meeting that lasted half-an-hour, the two reportedly also discussed holding a joint session of both the houses of the state Assembly according to the new protocol and directives recently issued by the President’s office.
Last year, Ram Naik had raised the issue of the need for uniform guidelines for holding joint sessions of both houses of state legislatures, swearing in of the Governor and ministers and the conduct of the House during his address. Following this, the President had set up a committee and based on its recommendations, new directives were recently issued to all states.
According to the new rules, from now on, the Governor, who will arrive in a procession amid blowing of trumpets, will be received by the chief minister and others at the entrance of the Assembly while on his way to address the joint session of Vidhan Sabha and Vidhan Parishad.
After welcoming the Governor, the CM and others will follow him in a procession to the Assembly. The National Anthem will be played twice before the proceedings begin and after the Governor leaves.
For the first time, these new rules will be implemented in the budget session of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, beginning January 29.
Official spokesperson of Raj Bhavan said the Governor has appealed to all parties to maintain decorum during his address and not disturb the proceedings. “Issues of public interest should be raised in the Assembly,” spokesperson said.