UP Assembly adjourned following uproar by SP members
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Last Updated: Monday, February 21, 2011, 14:17
Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh Assembly was Monday adjourned during Question Hour following uproar by Samajwadi Party members, who demanded a debate on a bill that proposes indirect elections for mayors and chairmen of urban local bodies.

Fearing that the Uttar Pardesh Urban Local Self Government Bill could encourage horse trading and dominance of money and muscle power in the urban local bodies, SP members wanted suspension of the Question Hour and immediate discussion on the proposed legislation.

As soon as the House met for the day, SP leader Ambika Chowdhury stood up and demanded a debate on the bill which he described as a measure aimed at "finishing democracy" in local body elections.

He was supported by party leader Azam Khan, who too demanded immediate discussion.

Though Speaker Sukhdeo Rajbhar said he was ready to take up the matter during Zero Hour, adamant SP members jumped into the well raising slogans against Mayawati government leading to the adjournment of the House for 40 minutes.

As the SP members stayed put in the well, the entire Question Hour was a wash out.

Speaking to reporters later, BJP leader Om Prakash Singh said the SP had broken Opposition unity for personal gains.

"We are also against passage of the bill. BJP is holding demonstrations at all district headquarters today to register its protest. SP should have acted united," he said.

The bill, tabled on February 14, proposes indirect elections for mayors and chairmen of urban local bodies, including municipal corporations, nagar palika parishad and panchayats by its members instead of direct elections.


First Published: Monday, February 21, 2011, 14:17

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