UP Legislative Assembly adjourned sine die
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Last Updated: Thursday, August 11, 2011, 21:47
Lucknow: Pradesh Assembly was adjourned sine die on Thursday, a day ahead of schedule, after it witnessed unruly scenes with Samajwadi Party members demanding the resignation of a minister for his remarks against their leader Shivpal Singh Yadav and his family.

Pandemonium continued throughout the day after Ambika Chowdhury (SP) pressed for the apology of Animal Husbandry Minister Awadhpal Singh Yadav over his remarks and also demanded that the suspension of party MLA Irfan Solanki be revoked, as soon as the House assembled this morning.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Lalji Verma defended the Minister saying that whatever was said was not to insult anyone and the Leader of the Opposition should not take up the matter further. However, Azam Khan (SP) said that the manner in which the Minister had spoken was "indecent".

When Speaker Sukhdev Rajbhar appealed to Yadav to forgive the Minister, Khan said it could be done only if the latter showed the desire to be forgiven.

Awadhpal, however, charged the Samajwadi Party with targetting him since the past three days by branding him as corrupt, and refused to apologise, triggering anti-government slogans by SP members.

The Leader of the Opposition reiterated his charges of corruption in the Pradeshiya Cooperative Dairy Federation, holding the Minister responsible for it and said that he should resign.

As the SP members trooped into the well raising slogans demanding resignation of the Minister, the Speaker adjourned the House for the Question Hour. There was, however, no change in the scene as the Speaker's request of not making it a prestige issue, went unheard.

As the din continued, the Parliamentary Affairs Minister brought a resolution for sine die adjournment, blaming the SP for not allowing normal business. The resolution was passed by voice vote.

The House, which was convened on August 5, was to continue till tomorrow as per the schedule.


First Published: Thursday, August 11, 2011, 21:47

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