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Maximum riots in Mayawati rule,says CM,triggers House ruckus

Akhilesh Yadav: Maximum riots took place in the state in 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 during the Bahujan Samaj Party regime

September 20, 2013 5:42:03 am

In the eye of a storm over the alleged inept handling of the communal violence in western Uttar Pradesh,Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Thursday triggered a ruckus in the state Assembly by claiming that maximum riots had taken place under Mayawati regime.

“Maximum riots took place in the state in 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 during the Bahujan Samaj Party regime. This is not what I am saying. The figures with the Union Home Ministry establish the fact,” Akhilesh said while countering the Leader of Opposition Swami Prasad Maurya’s claims that law and order situation was better during the previous Mayawati government.

His statement drew a sharp reaction as Maurya stood up and termed it false,to which Parliamentary Affairs Minister Azam Khan retorted by asking him to sit down and not to interrupt.

“How can you use the word ‘jhoot’ (lie) for the leader of the House? The Chair must take note of the statement,” Azam said.

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Maurya too responded angrily and soon MLAs from both sides were on their feet,shouting at each other. Minister of State Pandit Singh even tried to move towards BSP benches,but was stopped.

Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey intervened ruling that no one can interrupt the leader of the House is speaking. However,Maurya claimed that the matter was between him and Akhilesh and he will not bow down to the bullying tactics of Azam Khan.

“Don’t show me eyes. I have also studied in the same school. You are scolding me,which is against the tradition of parliamentary practices. I try to play the role of a constructive opposition but will not accept Azam’s threats,” Maurya claimed.

Azam Khan claimed that stature of the leader of the House cannot be determined by his age. “He is the son of such a tall leader (SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav) and his political career began the day he was born,” Azam sid.

However,Maurya,retorted by saying,“You ridicule the leader of the House everyday and call him at your doorsteps,” he said.

Earlier,Maurya in his speech targeted the government for tabling the Rs 7112.39 crore supplementary budget.

“The allocations in the supplementary budget are confined only to districts like Etawah,Kannauj and Rampur. The projects,which were completed during our regime are being inaugurated by you,” Maurya said.

“Law and order has not been given importance. If you have tea with Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) people,how will you control them? We were in government with their support,but they did not start any yatra’’,Maurya said pointing towards the recent 84-kosi Ayodhya parikrama by the VHP.

In his reply,Akhilesh said that only 0.7 per cent funds from the supplementary budget were being used in districts like Etawah,Rampur and Kannauj.

“Your supplementary budgets were for parks and memorials but we have taken up public welfare schemes. Sometimes alight from your vehicles and check what is the state of your memorials. The stones are falling off,” he said. Akhilesh also quoted the amount from supplementary budget during BSP regime allocated to parks and memorials.

The supplementary budget was later passed by voice vote.

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