The first session of UPs new Assembly began on a stormy note on Monday,with the main opposition Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) disrupting Governor B L Joshis address to the joint sitting of both Houses of the legislature in protest against the Akhilesh Yadav government renaming welfare schemes that were launched in memory of B R Ambedkar,the alleged deterioration in law and order and the transfer industry.
As soon as the Governor began reading his speech,BSP members started shouting slogans against the Samajwadi Party government. Displaying blue caps and banners,many climbed on chairs. Amid the din,the Governor wound up his speech in a few minutes and left. The Congress members also held their own protest they did not shout slogans against irregularities in wheat procurement and alleged rising crime graph. From their seats,they displayed banners for a while and sat down.
Later,when the Assembly met in the afternoon,Leader of Opposition Swami Prasad Maurya alleged that jungle raj had returned to UP under the SP government. The BSP members then staged a walk-out.
Interestingly,the Governors address also spoke of jungle raj,but during the last five years of the BSP government. The state witnessed corruption,atrocities on innocent people and jungle raj,unparalleled in the countrys history,during the last five years. The people got nothing except stones,statues and memorials. Owing to political degradation,several incidents that took place during that period brought shame to the whole state, the Governor said.
The first priority of the government,said the Governor,was to establish peace and mutual goodwill by streamlining law and order.
Both the BJP and the Congress criticised the BSP for disrupting the Governors address. Later,BJPs national vice-president Kalraj Mishra,who is member of the Assembly,said the manner of BSP protest was not a good sign for democracy. BSP members stood atop chairs,some even hurled paper balls. This is nothing but disregard of the constitutional head of the state, Mishra said.
Congress Legislature Party leader Pramod Tiwari said those who protested should have kept in mind the position and status of the Governor. The Congress also protested,but without disrupting the proceedings,Tiwari said.
Talking to reporters,Maurya said the Governors speech was silent on important issues. Poor people,particularly farmers and labourers,are not safe under the SP rule, Maurya alleged. There was no development activity and the government was busy promoting transfer industry,Maurya said,and added that they wanted the Governor to direct the government to end goonda raj.