Uttar Pradesh Assembly: SP, BSP, Congress stage walkout, accuse govt of threatening Opposition

Lucknow: Members of the Samajwadi Party (SP), the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Congress on Thursday staged a walkout from the Uttar Pradesh (UP) Assembly and created ruckus in the Legislative Council, accusing the state government of threatening the opposition and using unparliamentary language.

The opposition forced repeated adjournments in the House. As soon as the Assembly met for the day, Leader of the Opposition (LoP) Ram Govind Chowdhury, who belongs to the SP, alleged that the government was "threatening the opposition and it wanted them (opposition members) in jail".

"We all are threatened...They are threatening to put our entire family in jail. Members are being humiliated and we are not getting protection from the Speaker. I have never seen such a situation in the House in past 40 years. We all are walking out, now you run it (the House) as you want," Chowdhury said.

Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of India's most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, holds a traditional lamp as he performs prayers called "Aarti" on the banks of river Sarayu in Ayodhya, India, May 31, 2017. REUTERS/Pawan Kumar - RTX38BJC

File image of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. PTI

Members of the SP, the Congress and the BSP then left the House.

The situation was no different in the Upper House of the state legislature where noisy scenes were witnessed as opposition members squatted in the well as soon as the Legislative Council met on Thursday morning.

Leader of Opposition in the council Ahmad Hasan alleged that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday threatened opposition in the Assembly and the mike of LoP Chowdhury was switched off and he was not allowed to speak.

"As the government has failed to control law and order, it is silencing the opposition," Hasan charged.


All the while, SP members chanted slogans "detergent (powder) wali ye sarkar nahi chalegi" (The government of detergent powder will not run)", alleging that the powder found in the Assembly was detergent and not explosive. Soon the SP members were joined by colleagues from the BSP and the Congress.

They then moved towards chairman Ramesh Yadav, who adjourned the House thrice, sensing the belligerent mood of the members.

In the state Assembly, BSP leader Lalji Verma alleged that when opposition members stand, rules are cited and they are not allowed to speak.

"Yesterday (Wednesday), after the finance minister's address, there was no provision of address by the Leader of House. If he was allowed, the Leader of Opposition is also entitled to address. This is against the dignity of the House. Unparliamentary words are also being used. There is no point remaining in the House in such a scenario," Verma charged.

Congress Legislature Party Leader Ajay Kumar Lallu alleged that when the LoP started his address on Thursday, his mike was switched off.

"We all have decided to walkout to protest government's attitude towards opposition," he said.


Opposition members did not heed to Speaker Hriday Narain Dixit's request and walked out unitedly.

Denying the opposition charge, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Kumar Khanna said it was not correct that the voice of opposition in suppressed and that the government is working with 'ahankaar' (arrogance) due to its numbers. "What's wrong in announcing a CBI probe in recruitments done by the UP Public Service Commission from 2012. It is a justified move. We have got mandate and message among people should go that we are there for the people. No unparliamentary words were used," Khanna said.

"Leaving the House is insulting the people's mandate given to the opposition," he said.

"Yogi Adityanath has presented the government's working in argumentative way and it was just annoyance of the opposition and their action is not justified," he said.

Khanna said he had talked to the LoP before coming to the House on Thursday morning.

"Chowdhury appeared normal and did not mention anything that time," he said.

Speaker Dixit said he had given due time to the opposition to speak.

"LoP presented his views and left the House. They should have heard me before leaving the House. It is unfortunate. I request the opposition to participate in proceedings as 22 crore people have sent them here to raise their voice," he said.

The Speaker adjourned the House for 30 minutes till 12 noon while stating that all questions were taken as answered. When asked whether the mike of LoP was stopped during his address on Wednesday, Dixit told reporters that it was not so. "When we move forward to the next matter in the House, it is stopped. I have requested the opposition to return, I think they will (come back)," he said.


Published Date: Jul 20, 2017 04:14 pm | Updated Date: Jul 20, 2017 04:14 pm



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