Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha witnessed three walkouts on Thursday, one by Congress and the other by Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party, over mob lynching, attack on lawmakers and attempt by the ruling party to muzzle the voice of the opposition parties.
The Congress raised the issue during the zero hour, saying its MLA Aditi Singh was attacked but the Rae Bareli police filed the final report, saying no such attack had taken place.
Congress Legislature Party leader Ajay Kumar Lalu said that there was a clear case of attack on Aditi Singh when she was on her way to the district panchayat office in Rae Bareli where voting was taking place on a no-confidence motion against panchayat head Avadhesh Singh.
Avadhesh Singh is the brother of Dinesh Singh, a former Congress leader who joined the Bharatiya Janata Party and contested the Lok Sabha election from Rae Bareli against United Progressive Alliance chief Sonia Gandhi of the Congress this year.
“The high point was that the Rae Bareli police filed a final report, saying that the Congress MLA’s cavalcade was not attacked and she sustained injuries because her car overturned after it collided with another car of the cavalcade,” Lalu said.
The incident occurred on May 14 when Aditi Singh claimed that she was attacked by some unidentified men. An FIR was registered against six people, including BJP Lok Sabha candidate and MLC Dinesh Singh.
The CLP leader demanded that the security of Aditi Singh be enhanced.
The government said that Aditi Singh was injured when her vehicle overturned in Rae Bareli’s Harchandpur area and she was treated at a local hospital.
Not satisfied with the answer, the Congress members staged a walkout.
Samajwadi Party raised the issue of mob lynching, saying that ‘Jai Shri Ram’ had become a war cry and people were being forced to chant this religious slogan and those refusing to do so were being publicly beaten up.
Speaking on the issue, Rafiq Ansari (SP) said that the minority community was scared of the attitude of members of majority community. “They stop Muslims and ask them to chant Jai Shri Ram. This happened in Meerut where people of Muslim community live in an atmosphere of fear because if they raise their voice, police beat them up,” he said.
“On July 20, people were staging protest against mob lynching in Meerut when police beat them up and arrested around 70 people. They are poor and have no money to pay surety,” he said.
Leader of opposition, Ram Govind Chaudhary, said the BJP had brought bad name to India by its attitude. He said the poor were being harassed because they raised voice against mob lynching.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Khanna said that some people in Meerut were staging protest against an incident of Jharkhand, they blocked the busy highway and damaged vehicles forcing police to take action. “Some anti-social elements were arrested,” he said adding that the government had no intention to harass innocent people.
Not satisfied with the answer, the SP members staged a walkout.
The BSP and SP also staged walkout on government’s attempt to give reservation to members of 17 Most Backward Classes (MBCs).