Proceedings of UP assembly marred by noisy scenes

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Lucknow, Oct 31 (UNI) The question hour in Uttar Pradesh assembly could not take place following pandemonium created by the entire opposition over multiple issues against the Mayawati government.

As soon as the House sat for the question hour, the members of the opposition parties were on their feet registering vociferous protests over various issues like arrest of one SP legislator Arvind Giri, sale of Periyar's book, support of creation of separate Bundelkhand state and woes of the farmers.

The proceedings of the House were submerged in the noisy scenes with some of the members trouped into well of the house prompting Speaker Sukhdev Rajbhar to adjourn the House first for 15 minutes and later increasing the adjournment till 1220 hrs. The entire question hour was to be adjourned following pandemonium in the House.

Deputy leader of SP party Ambika Chaudhry rose to bash the Mayawati government for arresting SP party MLA Arvind Giri in Lakhimpur district yesterday. The Parliamentary Affairs Minister Laalji Verma clarified the government's position saying, the legislator was accused of engineering an attack on the police station, hence his arrest was justified.

The SP member, however, went on the allege victimisation of SP workers in the state.

A group of Congress members shouted slogans demanding creation of separate Bundelkhand state for speedy development of the region.

Similar demand was raised by the members of Ajit Singh-led Rashtriya Lok Dal who were seen batting for creation of 'Harit Pradesh' in western part of the state.

Bhartiya Janata Party members were vocal against the sale of 'Sacchi ramayan', a book by Periyar, in which they alleged some objectionable fact had been written against Lord Rama.

Despite repeated requests from the chair, the members kept on protesting which prompted the former to adjourn the House.

Today, was the second day of a brief winter session of the state assembly, the first day yesterday being devoted to obituary references.

Demands for a supplementary budget and 17 bills were to be tabled in the assembly today.

UNI

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