The BJP members, who remained silent during Governor’s address to the joint sitting of the two Houses, joined the Opposition parties as they protested against Ram Naik’s speech when it was read out by Protem Chairman Om Prakash Sharma in the Legislative Council.
BSP and Congress members, however, targeted BJP accusing it of being hand-in-glove with the ruling Samajwadi Party for not joining the protest in the Assembly.
Soon after the Legislative Council assembled at 12:30pm after Governor’s address and Protem Chairman started reading Naik’s speech, members of BSP, Congress, RLD and BJP trooped into the well and started raising slogans against the government. BJP members targeted the SP government on the issue of law and order, corruption and farmers’ plight.
Asked about party’s stand in the Upper House being different from that in the Assembly, party leader in the Legislative Council Hridya Narain Dixit claimed that BJP members opposed the content of the speech only because it has false facts. “Joint session used to be a diginified occasion and BJP members regard the constitutional institutions. The content of the speech is drafted by the state government and hence we will oppose the content during discussions too. Party will also recommend amendments in the speech,” Dixit said.
The business of the House was conducted for only five minutes and it was adjourned for February 8.