The Opposition BSP Thursday accused a junior minister in the Akhilesh Yadav government of misbehaving with the woman principal, staff and students of a government girls’ school at Banda during an inspection there.
The issue was raised by the BSP members through an adjournment notice during the Zero Hour in the Legislative Council. The BSP members also produced a CD containing a video clip of the incident and demanded two-hour discussion on the matter. They had also arranged a CD player to play the video in the House.
Chairman Ganesh Shankar Pandey, however, rejected the adjournment notice and reserved his decision after Cabinet Minister Ambika Chaudhary argued that allegations against a member of any House and the ministers could not be raised through adjournment notice.
Speaking over the admissibility of the notice, Leader of Opposition Naseemuddin Siddiqui said that an a Minister of State for Secondary Education misbehaved with the staff and students during inspection of the Rajkiya Balika Inter College in Banda on November 7. “The minister asked a girl about the basic rights. When the girl failed to give the answer, the minister used such objectionable words and language for the girls which could not be read or given in writing here,” Siddiqui claimed.
He also claimed that the minister also raised objection over the principal putting on a ‘bindi’ on her forehead. “The minister asked the principal not to show her forehead because he had not visited the school to see that,” Siddiqui claimed. He said that such person has no moral right to continue on the post of a minister. Siddiqui also provided CD of the video to Chairman Ganesh Shankar Pandey, Leader of the House Ahmed Hasan and Leader of Teachers group Om Prakash Sharma.
BSP members also demanded that the minister should tender an apology publicly inside and outside the House for his act. Siddiqui claimed that he can produce the girl in question before the House as her father was his friend.
Replying on behalf of the government, Backward Welfare Minister Ambika Chaudhary said the matter was serious, but raising it through adjournment notice was against the rules. He also claimed that the minister, who is facing the allegation in the notice, is known across the state for his honesty and behaviour. Chaudhary said the minister should be given opportunity to explain himself.
Chairman Pandey reserved his decision on the matter and said that he would hear the members in this regard on November 26.
Council passes supplementary
The supplementary budget of Rs 14,856 crore for financial year 2014-15 was passed in the Legislative Council amid opposition from the BSP members who staged a walkout in protest terming the grants anti-people. BSP and BJP members pointed out that the state government has failed to utilise the amount it had sought in the general budget. In the absence of BSP member, the budget was passed through voice vote. The budget has already been passed in Legislative Assembly.
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