Unruly scenes in UP Assembly as SP hits out at FIRs against Azam Khan

The matter was raised through an adjournment notice given by SP member Narendra Verma during the Zero Hour.

Published: 23rd July 2019 05:25 PM  |   Last Updated: 23rd July 2019 06:11 PM   |  A+A-

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditiyanath and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Khanna at the UP Assembly session. (Photo| PTI)


LUCKNOW:  The Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly on Tuesday witnessed unruly scenes as opposition Samajwadi Party charged the state government with attempts to frame its leader Azam Khan in land grabbing cases in Rampur.

The matter was raised through an adjournment notice given by SP member Narendra Verma during the Zero Hour.

Speaking on the admissibility of the notice, Leader of Opposition Ram Govind Chaudhary (also from Samajwadi Party) alleged of a conspiracy to crush opposition parties in the state.

He said FIRs were registered against the Rampur MP almost 12 years later "out of vendetta" to humiliate the Samajwadi Party and the minorities.

Choudhary also suggested that an all-party committee of the House be sent to Rampur to look into the allegations against the former state minister.

In his reply, state Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Khanna asserted that the cases were registered against Khan as per law.

Reading out a detailed report of the district administration of Rampur, he said the land on which the SP leader's Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar University has been built, belongs to Dalits.

"If someone sets up an educational institute, it should be welcomed, but if the land of the poor, deprived and labourers is grabbed, it cannot be praised," the minister hit out.

Chaudhary, however, accused Khanna of giving "wrong statements" and said the Samajwadi Party will not allow "victimisation" of opposition leaders.

He also alleged that the local police pressurised the complainants to file cases against Khan and urged Speaker Hriday Narain Dixit to order an inquiry into the charges.

While, the Leader of Opposition urged the Speaker to allow Abdullah Azam, Khan's son, to speak on the issue, his request was rejected.

The Samajwadi Party members later trooped into the Well of the House and raised anti-government slogans. Amidst the continuing din, the House was adjourned for the day.

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