While unveiling the portrait of former UP CM Mayawati, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav and West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi burst out laughing.
A gallery containing oil portraits of former chief ministers and speakers of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly was unveiled in the Vidhan Sabha campus on Monday in Lucknow. While unveiling the portrait of former UP CM Mayawati, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav and West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi burst out laughing. And, as the image suggests the laugh was sarcastic. Mayawati and Yadavs both are from different political parties and are arch rivals. With the UP assembly polls due next year, we leave it to the readers’ imagination as to what this laughter meant. The oil portraits of all the former chief ministers and speakers were jointly unveiled by Tripathi, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav in the presence of large number of sitting and former members.
The gallery is the first in the state and is along the lines of the galleries in the Rashtrapati Bhawan and Prime Minister’s residence. Former Union Minister Ajit Singh, son of former chief minister Chaudhary Charan Singh, and Congress leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi, daughter of ex-CM HN Bahuguna, were also in attendance. Meanwhile, BJP staged a walkout in the Assembly opposing the UP Kshetra panchayat and zila panchayat amendment bill on bringing no-confidence motion against the district panchayat chairpersons and the khetra panchayat chairpersons. The amendment in the bill restricts bringing no-confidence motion against the chairpersons of the khetra and district panchayats for a period of two years from the day of their election instead of one year as was in force earlier.