Expressing his distress over the ruckus created by the Opposition during the first day of the 17th Legislative Assembly of state, Uttar Pradesh minister Siddharth Nath Singh said that the behaviour ‘shows their mindset’. Singh also took a jibe at former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and told ANI, “Akhilesh kept quiet, watched everything silently. Opposition blew whistles, threw paper balls at Governor, shows their mindset.” It all started when various opposition leaders caused disruption in the assembly as soon as Governor Ram Naik began his address earlier this morning – this was the first session since the new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led government was formed under chief minister Yogi Adityanath.
78 opposition leaders out of a 403 member UP assembly raised issue of violence in Saharanpur and other incidents of law and order failure in the state. The proceedings were then adjourned till Tuesday. In a report published by Indian Express, several opposition leaders held placards and claimed a breakdown of law and order in the state. Later they raised slogans and hurled papers at the Governor. Even the requests of Speaker Hriday Narayan Dixit and parliamentary affairs minister Suresh Khanna could not restore normalcy in the house.
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Indian Express further quoted the leader of Opposition Ram Govind Chaudhary, who leads Samajwadi Party (SP) 47 MLAs, as saying that there was total breakdown of law and order in the state and the incidents of rape, violence and robberies were on the rise. He also claimed that the Dalits, backwards and minorities were facing harassment under the new government.
Lalji Verma who leads Bahujan Samaj Party’s (BSP) 19 MLAs in the assembly, raised the issue of communal tension and rising crime in the state. “Whether it is in Saharanpur or Moradabad, communal tension is being stoked everywhere. The government does not appear in a position to have any control on that. The farmers are suffering. The loan waiver announced by the government has helped only a few,” Congress leaders Ajay Kumar told Indian Express.