Oppn forces Governor out of UP House

UP Governor TV Rajeswar was prevented by the angry Opposition from addressing the joint session of the state legislature on Tuesday....

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: February 11, 2009 11:32:21 pm

UP Governor TV Rajeswar was prevented by the angry Opposition from addressing the joint session of the state legislature 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 and left.

While the BJP boycotted the proceedings,members of the Samajwadi Party greeted the Governor with black banners and threw paper balls at 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 difficult 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 trooped 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 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 that 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.

When the House reassembled in the afternoon,the Government tabled four Bills,replacing the ordinances issued when the legislature was not in session.

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