Opposition mayhem on first day of UP Assembly session

Opposition throws paper missiles at Governor Ram Naik, stand on desks against growing crime rate; BJP condemns unruly behaviour

Published: 16th May 2017 01:27 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2017 05:07 AM   |  A+A-

Marshals protect UP Governor Ram Naik from paper balls thrown by agitating Opposition MLAs during his address on the first day of the UP Assembly session in Lucknow on Monday | PTI

Express News Service

LUCKNOW:  Unruly scenes were witnessed on the opening day of the first session of UP Assembly on Monday with Opposition members throwing paper missiles at Governor Ram Naik, and marshals trying to dodge the raining missiles with files. 

The furore was over the alleged spate in crime in the state during the last one month. 

While Samajwadi Party members led by Leader of Opposition Ram Gobind Chaudhary launched a scathing attack on Yogi Adityanath government over increasing incidents of rape and crime in the state and asked why the issue was missing from Governor’s address, the ruling party members called the SP-led Opposition a bunch of hooligans.

Wearing the red party cap, almost all the SP members from both the Houses jumped into the well of the House moments after Governor Ram Naik began reading his speech. 

Throughout the governor’s address, SP legislator Rajesh Yadav blew a whistle to ensure that the address is not heard. They were soon joined by the BSP members as well as Congress legislators. Despite all efforts of the marshals, who had encircled the Governor to protect him from the paper missiles, a few did land on the Governor’s address booklet. 

The SP members stood on desks to protest. Just like the SP members, who were carrying placards mentioning the poor law and order in the state, the BSP and the Congress members too staged protests with placards and banners protesting against law and order situation and the plight of farmers.

The Governor’s speech ended in 40 minutes even as the commotion continued. 

The State government has convened a week-long special session of Assembly to see the passage of GST bill. The session will end on May 22.

Saying that the Samajwadi Party’s behaviour had the mute support of party chief Akhilesh Yadav, BJP spokesman and cabinet minister Siddharth Nath Singh said, “Akhilesh Yadav’s mute support to his trouble-making MLAs in Assembly reflects his so-called Samajwadi mindset.” 

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