The first day of the maiden session of 16th Uttar Pradesh assembly began on a stormy note yesterday with BSP legislators creating a ruckus. The MLAs trooped near the Speaker’s chair and tore copies of Governor BL Joshi’s speech and hurled paper balls.
In the melee, many MLAs fell down as they rushed towards the Speaker’s chair, sporting caps made of banners, in the blue colour. The BSP members kept shouting slogans against the UP government. Spearheading the bedlam was Swamy Prasad Maurya, leader of the Opposition and a close Mayawati aide.
As BSP members stood atop chairs in the house, carrying banners and shouting anti-Akhilesh Yadav slogans, Maurya charged the SP government with running a “transfer industry” in the state.
He alleged that UP was in the grip of mafia Raj and legislators were taking bribes in the name transferring officials to different parts of the state.
Commenting on the bedlam, Congress leader Digvijay Singh said that it is a pity the UP voters rejected the Congress in assembly elections.
Singh added here that both the SP and the BSP were two sides of the same coin, and both had failed to stop the criminalisation of politics. “We had appealed that an opportunity should be given to the Congress, and we would have controlled it. If people of UP want (other parties to rule), what can we do?” Singh said.