On the last day of the winter session, the state Assembly passed three bills amid chaos as opposition members held noisy protests against the delay in declaration of the state advised price for sugar cane.
The bills were the UP State University (Amendment) Bill 2012, the UP Water Management and Regulatory Commission (Cancellation) Bill 2012, and the UP Sahkari Samiti (Amendment) Bill 2012.
Trouble began immediately after the House assembled. Leader of Opposition Swami Prasad Maurya raised the issue of sugar cane SAP and Bahujan Samaj Party members trooped inside the well raising slogans. Member of the Rashtriya Lok Dal, Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress too joined them. Because of the disorder, question hour could not be held.
Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Azam Khan termed it sad, as the duration of the house was extended on the request of the opposition. He requested Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey to proceed with the agenda.
The Leader of Opposition objected to it, stating that the House was being hijacked by Azam and it could not function on his directives. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was present but did not intervene.
The House then went ahead with the day’s business, which was transacted within 30 minutes. Later, the Speaker adjourned the House side die.
The UP State University (Amendment) Bill 2012 is meant to rename the Urdu Arabi Farsi university after Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti; it was originally named after BSP founder Kanshiram.
The UP Water Management and Regulatory Commission (Cancellation) Bill 2012 dissolved the commission as its area of functioning overlapped with other departments. This commission was set up by the BSP government for management of water for agriculture, industrial, drinking, power and other purposes.
The UP Sahkari Samiti (Amendment) Bill 2012 reduces the tenure of co-operative bodies from three years to two years.