UP Governor TV Rajeswar was prevented by the angry Opposition from addressing the joint session of the state legislature here on Tuesday. The ruckus created by the Opposition members forced the Governor to beat a hasty retreat from the House. Though holding a total of 71 pages of speech,he said Jai Hind only and left.
While the BJP boycotted the proceedings,members of the Samajwadi Party greeted the Governor with black banners and threw paper balls on him.
Carrying banners which highlighted the gruesome murder of PWD engineer Manoj Gupta and the farmers’ woes,the Opposition members raised anti-Government slogans. The marshall and the security staff had a tough time while protecting the Governor from the volley of paper balls thrown by the SP members. The security staff grappled with the SP members as they trouped into the well of the House and stood up on the reporters’ tables to attract the Governor’s attention.
However,the Congress,RLD and other Opposition members kept standing on their seats as a mark of protest.
The Governor,who came two minutes before the scheduled time of 11 am,kept smiling and even ducked promptly when a black banner was thrown at him. The Governor read the first and last line of the address in which only ‘Jai Hind’ was audible.
Chief Minister Mayawati,along with the members of the treasury benches,watched in silence. The entire scene was completed within two minutes and the Governor left the Assembly in a huff.
The Opposition members continued their protest after the end of the Governor’s address outside the Assembly,raising anti-government slogans and blamed the BSP Government for the farmers’ miseries.
Later,Parliamentary Affairs Minister Lalji Verma told mediapersons it was a black day for the Assembly when the Governor’s address was obstructed through undemocratic means. “The Opposition members should have heard the address and later proved their points against the Government during the debate on the thanks motion,” he said.
However,leader of the Opposition and SP president Mulayam Singh Yadav said the BSP Government through the Governor address tried to highlight the ‘fake’ achievements. “The people of the state are a harassed lot with farmers,youth,women and even the government employees being ditched by the BSP Government in their over one-and-a-half-year rule,” he added.
Congress legislature party leader Pramod Tiwari and Rashtriya Lok Dal leader Kokab Hamid claimed the Governor’s address was unconstitutional as it started two minutes before the scheduled time.
When the House reassembled in the afternoon,the Government tabled four Bills,replacing the ordinances issued when the legislature was not in session.