SP boycotts Assembly proceedings, takes out foot march to party office

The Samajwadi Party on Friday boycotted the UP Assembly proceedings and staged a foot march from Vidhan Bhawan to its state office on Vikramaditya Marg via Raj Bhawan.

The SP succeeded in its third attempt to take out the march between its office and Vidhan Bhawan. His earlier two attempts on September 14 and September 19 were foiled by the police.

The SP boycotted the assembly, alleging that the government failed to discuss raging issues of inflation, unemployment and law and order in the House.

Led by SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, the party legislators staged a walkout soon after the House proceedings began on the last day of the five-day monsoon session and marched to the party headquarters. Rashtriya Lok Dal MLAs also walked out of the assembly following their ally. Jayant Chaudhary led RLD has eight MLAs in the 403-member Uttar Pradesh Assembly.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Khanna said in the assembly that there was no rhyme and reason for the boycott by the SP as all the issues raised by the opposition were debated and the government had answered all the queries of the opposition members.

“There must be some private agenda of the SP that might have prompted them to stage a boycott of the assembly proceedings,” Khanna said.

Akhilesh Yadav, the leader of opposition in UP Assembly, said the government was evasive and was trying to run away from discussing basic issues in the House by holding the session for a shorter period.

The SP, during the march, alleged that the government had failed to discuss raging issues of inflation, unemployment, corruption and poor law and order due to the short duration of the monsoon session.

This protest march by the SP was a re-enactment of their failed similar street protest on Monday.

Police had stopped a similar march by the SP from his office to Vidhan Bhawan on the opening day of the monsoon session on September 19 on issues of price rise, unemployment and law and order situation in the state.

On being stopped midway by the police on that day, Yadav and the other party leaders had sat on a dharna on the road. They also held a mock assembly session with former speaker Mata Prasad Pandey presiding over it.

Citing various issues like drought and fee hike in Allahabad University, Yadav asked how poor children would be able to pay such high fees for studies.

“The government should make it clear how women will be protected because the statistics of National Crime Records Bureau and Women’s Commission say that Uttar Pradesh has the highest number of crimes against women. Law and order has completely collapsed in the state,” Yadav said, accusing the government of not responding to the issues of the people in the House.

“The government should answer on inflation, what concrete steps have been taken to provide employment and what measures have been taken on the law and order front,” he said.

“They have big dreams of investment and are dreaming of a one-trillion dollar economy. What steps have you taken for it?” Yadav asked.

The government does not want to continue the proceedings of the House for a longer duration, the SP chief said.

“Why is it ending the monsoon session within five days? All ministers want to give information about their departments. We want to ask them what work they have done. The budget has not yet reached the districts,” the SP chief said.

SP spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said the government does not want to discuss the issues related to the public in the House so the SP MLAs decided to boycott the proceedings and march on foot to the party office.

SP chief whip in the assembly Manoj Pandey, who participated in the foot march, alleged that the problems of farmers were not being heard in the Bharatiya Janata Party rule. “Inflation and unemployment are at their peak, there is drought in some places and floods in others, but the government does not want to discuss these issues,” he said.

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