First session of UP Assembly starts amidst ruckus, paper balls

When the governor started reading out his address, the entire opposition comprising members of Samajwadi Party, Congress and BSP started slogan shouting against the government over the issue of law and order. The balls were thrown towards the Governor "without meaning any disrespect", as the security personnel surrounding him had rendered him inaccessible, Chaudhary added.

The opposition members hit out at the government, saying that the law and order mechanism had collapsed in the state under the present regime.

"The conduct of the Opposition parties during the address of the Governor was shameful and unparliamentary", Sharma, who is also the state government spokesman said.

The ear-splitting sound of a whistle and uninterrupted slogan-shouting continued through the 35-minute customary address by the governor, but the 83-year-old Naik stood his ground and read out the 84-page speech.

The opposition Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) are not leaving any stone unturned to take on the Yogi Adityanath government on the law and order front.

A visibly annoyed Naik decried the behaviour of the Opposition and said the entire state was watching them.

The Opposition also wanted the government to issue a statement on the incidents that took place at Saharanpur, Sambhal and Gonda, where caste or religious violence broke out in recent weeks, and at Moradabad, where 50 Dalit families have threatened to discard Hinduism because of alleged high-handedness of ruling party members. On the alleged increase in crimes in the state as compared to the past few years, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath sought a year's time for his government before drawing such a comparison.

The newly elected 17th legislative assembly had convened this session for passage of the UP GST bill amongst others.

UP minister Suresh Kumar on Monday said that the state government is confident that the tax revenue would grow under the GST which was adopted in the country.

Akhilesh said: "The BJP used to question us over poor law and order in the past".

The State Cabinet on Monday approved the draft Andhra Pradesh Goods and Services Tax (SGST) Bill, 2017.

  • Arturo Norris