Noisy start to UP House; oppn seeks dismissal of Yadav govt

Lucknow, Jan 18 | Updated: Jan 19 2007, 05:30am hrs
With Congress and RLD withdrawing support to the Mulayam Singh Yadav Government, the winter session of Uttar Pradesh legislature was off to a stormy start on Thursday, with a determined opposition pressing for the dismissal of the government and forcing governor T V Rajeshwar to cut short his speech.

The government faces a trial of strength in the assembly on January 25 when the House votes on the motion of thanks to governor's speech.

BJP, BSP, Congress and RLD members were up on their feet as soon as the governor rose to read his address on the opening day of the winter session and shouted slogans demanding the government's dismissal for its failure to deliver on law and order front.

Carrying banners and placards that read Killer government must go and rajyapal wapas jao (governor go back), a determined opposition forced the governor to read the first and the last sentence of his address to the joint session of assembly and legislative council before he left in a huff.

Leader of the Opposition and senior BJP leader Lalji Tandon told reporters later that his party protested againstthe governor's address because it did not contain any criticism of the government even though Rajeshwar flayed the government outside the House.

BSP legislature party leader Swami Prasad Maurya also said the address of the governor had no mention of the laxity of officials in Nithari serial killings and the wrong doings of the Yadav government.

Maurya demanded immediate dismissal of the government for its failure on all fronts, especially on law and order situation. The governor, in his address, praised the government for tightening its grip over the law and order situation andclaimed there had been a positive decline in the incidents of dacoity, kidnappings for ransom, dacoity, rioting as compared to the past years.

PTI