Legislative Council Chairman Om Prakash Sharma on Wednesday administered oath to 35 newly-elected members, including 30 from the Samajwadi Party which now has gained majority with 58 MLCs in the 100-member Upper House.
Mafia don Brijesh Singh, who won the MLC seat from Varanasi as an Independent and is presently lodged in Saharanpur jail, was absent from the oath-taking ceremony.
Congratulating the new members, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, himself a member of the Legislative Council, termed the party’s victory in the recently held elections as a result of the turning of the wheel of democracy which has reduced the status of BSP in the Upper House. “When I took oath as a Council member, the Opposition’s strength was more than the ruling benches, but things have taken a turn as the wheel of democracy has moved,” he said.
Pointing out that maximum number of youths have been elected to the Council this time, the CM said, “It is a young House now. I hope senior members will guide the new ones.”
Leader of Opposition Naseemuddin Siddiqui claimed that wheel keeps on moving and the situation will change again. “Even Kanshiram moved on a cycle and you too are now riding a cycle. The wheel will turn once again,” he said.
The SP’s majority in the House will allow it to pass several Bills. which were earlier stalled by the BSP and sent to select committee. BSP now has only 16 Council members.
CM Akhilesh Yadav also announced that MLCs will get the same privilege as MLAs in terms of selecting a Lohia village and installation of handpumps.
Later, 10 Bills, including the Budget for 2016-17, which have been passed by the state Assembly were introduced in the Upper House.