UP Vidhan Sabha Monsoon Session: Yogi govt quizzed by Oppn; assembly adjourned for second day in row

In the UP Assembly Monsoon Session, several important bills were passed within minutes of tabling with minimal to no discussion

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UP Vidhan Sabha Monsoon Session: Yogi govt quizzed by Oppn; assembly adjourned for second day in row

The Uttar Pradesh state assembly on Saturday met in a brief monsoon session, passed the Uttar Pradesh Recovery of Damages to Public and Private Properties Bill, 2020, and several other important legislation without any discussion amid the Opposition's incessant protests and sloganeering against the ruling Yogi Adityanath-led government.

According to news agency PTI, soon after the House met and paid tributes to two of its former members Vivek Singh and Kunwar Bahadur Misra, the Opposition members trooped into the Well of the House, shouting slogans and holding banners to lodge their protests over law and order, the government's handling of COVID pandemic and flood in the state.

However, the House was not deterred and continued functioning, with the assembly session taking up the business agenda and allowing the state government to pass several important legislations with minimal to no discussion.

Some of the important bills which were passed include:

  • Uttar Pradesh Recovery of Damages to Public and Private Properties Bill, 2020
  • Uttar Pradesh Public Health and Epidemic Disease Control Bill, 2020
  • Cow-Slaughter Prevention (Amendment) Bill, 2020
  • Uttar Pradesh Security Force Bill

A total of 168 bills were passed on this day in the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly by the Yogi Adityanath-led government. All of these bills will now be sent to Governor Anandiben Patel for final approval. These bills were slated to be tabled yesterday. However, due to the death of a BJP member Janmejay Singh, the assembly was adjourned for the day.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was present at the floor to defend the Opposition's charges against the government. He said that the state government has taken adequate measures to tackle the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak and presented statistics, asserting that Uttar Pradesh was much better poised than other states. He also gave a statement and present relevant statistics regarding the law and order situation, maintaining that Uttar Pradesh is properly poised on that front, as well.

The Chief Minister, in turn, attacked the Opposition, alleging it to be bereft of issues and of "trying to mislead people".

The brief monsoon session was scheduled to continue till Monday but was adjourned sine die on account of an abrupt proposal moved by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Khanna.

Earlier, the state government had implemented major ordinances after the outbreak of COVID-19, related to cuts in the salary of ministers, postponement of MLA funds, and legislators and preventing attacks on frontline workers.

The ordinances brought by the state government were required to get the approval of the Assembly under constitutional obligation.

Earlier in March, the governor had promulgated an ordinance for recovery of damages to public and private properties from rioters and protesters, and to provide the setting-up of tribunals to adjudicate claims for damages and recover them.

According to the Statement of Object and Reasons (SOR) of the ordinance, it aims at dealing with "all acts of violence at public places and to control its persistence and escalation, and to provide for the recovery of damage to public or private property during hartal, bundh, riots, public commotion or protests.

"The CM had recently approved the constitution of the property damage claims tribunal in Lucknow and Meerut as per the provisions of Uttar Pradesh Public and Private Property Damage Recovery Rules 2020. 


(With agency inputs)

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