Samajwadi Party walks out of Uttar Pradesh assembly, questions absence of media

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Lucknow: The Samajwadi legislators created a ruckus within the Uttar Pradesh Assembly as Governor Anandiben Patel started her address to the joint session of both Houses on Thursday.

SP MLAs shouted slogans against increasing fuel prices, farmers’ issues and deteriorating law and order situation.

They carried placards with slogans against the government but the Governor continued with her address.

Later the SP, Congress and Bahujan Samaj Party legislators walked out in protest and the Governor completed her address.

The Governor’s address focussed on achievements of the Yogi Adityanath government.

Leader of Opposition in Uttar Pradesh Assembly, Ram Govind Chaudhary, has questioned the ban on media coverage of the state legislature proceedings.

Talking to reporters, he said, “Why is the press absent from the press gallery? Is the COVID-19 only affecting journalists? Does it not infect the legislators, ministers, chief minister, speaker, and others?”

The media has not been allowed coverage of the state legislature in the budget session due to the pandemic.

Chaudhary further said that the Governor, in her address, didn’t point out a word concerning the farmers’ agitation and the loss of life of nearly 200 farmers. “Can there be anything more insensitive?” he asked.

Congress legislature party leader Aradhana Mishra, said, “The government should have expressed its sympathy towards the more than 200 farmers who’ve died throughout protest. Many of the farmers who died are from UP. The government didn’t specify any sympathy towards the farmers. We oppose the three black farm laws. The Unnao incident also is a major one and we demand a judicial inquiry in this.”

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