'Mayawati celebrates, while Bareilly burns'
New Delhi, Mar 15: Samajawadi Party, Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members in Lok Sabha raised a cry over the fact that Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati was busy painting the state blue celebrating the silver jubilee of Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP), while Bareilly was burning under communal tension.
During the Zero Hour, SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav raised the issue of violence in Bareilly.
"While Bareilly is on fire, Mayawati government is spending Rs 200 crore of public money on a rally," he said, questioning "What did the state government do to prevent it and bring it under control?"
While SP's Shailendra Kumar sought Centre's intervention and demanded a statement on the situation, JD(U) Sharad Yadav pressed that the Centre's statement should be made on Monday, Mar 15 itself.
Congress member from the state Jagadambika Pal also joined in saying, ""The state government has failed on the law and order front and it appears to be helpless. The Centre should intervene."
The issue came up and turned into a heated debate when BJP protested against the speaker Meira Kumar's repeated refusal to let Maneka Gandhi, who represents the nearby Aonla, speak.
Yogi Adityanath was also not allowed to speak.
Objecting to this, BJP members raised an uproar and pressurised the speaker to allow Meneka Gandhi speak.
All the ruckus led to the house being adjourned at 2 pm, just before the lunch recess.