UP: Monsoon Session Begins Amidst Protests by Opposition Parties Against Yogi Govt

Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure has been imposed around the Vidhan Sabha Bhawan till September 7 to maintain the “law and order situation”.

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The five-day Monsoon Session of the Uttar Pradesh (UP) Assembly began on Tuesday with the first day ending shortly without much discussion on issues raised and amidst massive protests by the leaders of opposition parties.

The capital city of Uttar Pradesh witnessed leaders of opposition political parties traveling on bullock carts, carrying mirrors and vegetables among other things to register the larger discontent among the populace of the state against the Yogi regime’s failure at several fronts.

The opposition parties attacked the Yogi-led BJP government for its utter mismanagement of the COVID19 pandemic, widespread unemployment, inflation, increase in lawlessness, and crimes against women and marginalised castes in the state.

Samajwadi Party (SP) MLAs reached the UP Assembly in bullock carts, holding sugarcane sticks and placards mentioning COVID-related issues and rising prices of fuel.

A section of SP legislators also reached Vidhan Sabha holding mirrors and said that they wanted to “show the mirror to the BJP government, which has failed to fulfill its promise.”

SP members also staged a dharna inside the premises of the Assembly building against the yogi government over the mismanagement of the Covid-19 situation in the state.  Samajwadi Party MLAs and MLCs also wore oxygen masks and raised slogans against the government.

Uttar Pradesh was one of the worst-hit states during the second wave of the COVID19 pandemic with citizens struggling to survive amidst a shortage of oxygen, hospital beds, medicines, and even COVID19 testing. The areas in the state which were located on the banks of the Ganga river saw thousands of bodies allegedly of people who died of COVID19  floating in and around it.

Read More: Body count in thousands along the River Ganga in Eastern UP amid the Second Wave of COVID19

Several newspaper reports and videos purported on social media demonstrated that crematorium grounds were packed to their fullest posing questions at the government data about COVID19 deaths which remained low.

However, the Yogi government never went on record to accept its failure rather it penalised journalists, hospitals, and even civilians who complained about the complete breakdown of the healthcare system in the state.

Similarly, Congress MLAs also took to walking and cycling to the Vidhan Sabha along with carrying vegetables to register their protest against the rising prices.

Four Congress legislators, including CLP leader Aradhana Mishra and state unit chief Ajay Kumar Lallu, protested against rising fuel prices by arriving on rickshaws.

Congress leaders also carried vegetable carts and posters of cylinders to register anger at the rising prices of daily-use items.

Opposition leaders also protested against the three contentious farm laws passed by the BJP ruled Union government.

For the last nine months, farmers from all across the country have been protesting at various borders of Delhi including the Ghazipur-Delhi border in Uttar Pradesh. Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait of BKU has announced earlier that the farmers will campaign in the hinterland of the election-bound UP against the anti-people policies of the Yogi government under ‘Mission UP’.

Read also: Police Disrupt Rakesh Tikait Meeting with Students Union

Meanwhile, media passes have not been issued citing Covid protocols and section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure has been imposed around the Vidhan Sabha Bhawan till September 7 to maintain the “law and order situation”.

Piyush Mordia, Lucknow joint commissioner of police (law and order) in a press note informed that the restrictions have been imposed given the strong possibility of demonstrations with the start of the monsoon session, Newsclick reported.

Also read: Protesting Farmers to Hold National Convention on Aug 26 to Mark 9 Months of Movement

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