The opposition today staged a walkout from the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, saying that the state government has failed to maintain law and order in the state which has witnessed a spurt in cases of crime.
Speaking on the admissibility of the adjournment notices in the Zero Hour, opposition parties cited statistics to highlight increase in criminal cases in the state, and demanded a debate over the issue.
The opposition also attacked the government for its move to withdraw cases against those accused in 2006 Varanasi blast cases.
Congress leader Pramod Tewari alleged that besides crime, incidents of communal violence have also increased in the state during the SP government and normally peaceful places of the state also witnessed riots during the present rule.
Some communal elements created disturbances in a planned manner and the intelligence department failed to get to know of it, he said.
Laxmikant Bajpai and Satish Mahana of BJP said nine cases of communal violence in eight months proved that the SP government, which came to power promising a crime-free state, has "failed miserably" on this front.
Referring to Faizabad incidents, Bajpai said it was a clear example of government's failure.
Leader of Opposition Swami Prasad Maurya accused the government of creating communal divide to serve its political interests.
BSP member G N Singh's comments on a leader belonging to a regional party being given national honour at the time of his death and his body being wrapped in the tricolour led to a sharp exchange between BJP and BSP.
It took Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey's assurances that objectionable things would be dropped from the proceedings to cool down the tempers.
Speaking on behalf of the government, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Azam Khan alleged that opposition parties were out to fulfil their political agenda by levelling allegations on law and order.
Azam Khan said that government has taken a strong view of the recent communal incidents and stern action will be taken against those involved.
When Khan asked opposition to cooperate instead of maligning the government, BSP members staged a walkout.
BJP also staged a walked out expressing displeasure over government reply on the issue.