The winter session of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly began Friday on a stormy note with opposition disrupting the proceedings and staging a walkout over poor law and order and no hike in state advised price (SAP) for sugarcane leading to the adjournment of the House till Monday.
As the House assembled, BJP and RLD workers trooped to the well carrying placards with anti-government slogans over poor law and order situation in the state. BJP also demanded that the SAP for sugarcane be raised to Rs 350 per quintal. Leader of Opposition and BSP member
Swami Prasad Maurya too lodged his protest before staging a walkout with party members. Congress members demanded clearance of cane dues and power cut exemption for Bundelkhand region. While several Congress members including its leader Pradeep Mathur, Akhilesh
Pratap Singh and Aradhana Mishra remained on their seats, the remaining trooped to the well but returned after a short while.
As BJP members kept raising slogans, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Azam Khan responded terming the opposition parties as “nikamma (idle)” “Yeh sadan ki karyavahi par jhadu pher rahe hain (They are wasting the time of the House,” he said.
Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey adjourned the House for 10 minutes and later extended it by another 10 minutes.
When the House reassembled at 11:30am, the BSP returned to the House but BJP members continued their sit-in in the well leading to disorder. As all appeals of the Speaker failed to restore order, he rushed through the agenda for the day and adjourned the House for the day wrapping up the day’s proceedings in just over 45 minutes in which state government tabled six ordinances and two bills.
Principal Secretary Pradeep Dubey also presented on the floor of the House the Constitution (one hundred and twenty first amendment) Bill 2014 as passed by the Parliament. The Bill is related to the constitution of National Judicial Appointments Commission for recommending the appointment and transfer of judges in supreme court and high courts.
In another development, Dubey informed the House that the President has not given his consent for the Uttar Pradesh state minority education institution Authority (Rajya Alpsankhyak Shiksha Sanstha Pradhikaran) Bill, 2011. The Bill was passed during previous Mayawati regime in 2011. It was tabled by the then minister of state for minority welfare Anees Ahmed Khan on February 21, 2011 and a day later legislative council also passed it.
The Bill relates to constitution of a state authority whose main function was to advice government on matters related to education of minorities, redressal of complaints regarding functioning of minority educational institutions and reviewing the educational rights of minorities. The six member authority was to be headed by Principal Secretary Minorities welfare.