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‘Mayalove’ sets House on fire
SP, Cong MLAs allege Governor soft on UP CM

Shahira Naim
Tribune News Service

Lucknow, February 10
The Uttar Pradesh Assembly saw a new low when Samajwadi Party (SP) members, alleging his “softness” towards the wrongdoings of the Mayawati government, hurled paper balls and missives at Governor TV Rajeshwar as he stood at the Speaker's podium to address the House on the opening day of the budget session today.

While the entire opposition was expressing its protest against the BSP government, BJP had announced to keep away from the proceedings.

Congress kept itself to raising anti-government slogans and displaying anti-government banners. SP members, however, rushed to the well and even climbed the reporters’ desk, heckling the Governor and throwing paper balls at him while demanding the dismissal of the 20-month-old Mayawati government.

After urging the MLAs to take their seats, a bemused Governor kept observing the noisy proceedings for a few seconds, read a part of his speech of which only ‘Jai Hind’ was audible. The customary address taken as “read” and “carried out”, the Governor left and the House was adjourned.

While last year’s joint session was disrupted by the SP MLAs by releasing hundreds of black balloons which floated up to the dome, this year they and the Congress fished out cloth banners in large numbers from their pockets with anti-government and anti-Mayawati slogans. “Bhrashtachar - Apradh ki khuli azaadi; UP ki ho rahi barbaadi (corruption - crime rule the roost; UP is going to the dogs)” - read one of the banners, while another said, “UP hua kangaal; Behenji hui malamaal (UP is turning poor but Behenji is loaded with money)”.

Talking to the media after leaving the house, Leader of Opposition Mulayam Singh Yadav lashed out at the Governor, charging him of working for the BSP government.

Commenting on the Governor’s “softness” towards the Mayawati government, the Samajwadi Party president remarked: “When I was the Chief Minister, this very Governor used to shoot off letters running down my government, but he has turned a blind eye to glaring misdeeds of the Mayawati government.”

Yadav wanted to know why the Governor had visited Auraiya after the murder of PWD engineer Manoj Kumar Gupta at the hands of ruling party MLA Shekhar Tiwari, who was “openly indulging in extortion to fill Mayawati’s private coffers”.



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