UP assly adjourned for over 30 minutes over Azam Khan's comment on PM

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Assembly witnessed pandemonium by the BJP members, following some remarks made by state Parliamentary Affairs Minister Mohammad Azam Khan forcing Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey to adjourn the House for over 30 minutes in the Question Hour. The BJP members trooped into the well of the House, demanding apology by the Minister and even went ahead to seek his resignation following the Supreme Court notice to Mr Khan on his reported comment on the Bulandshahr gang-rape issue. First the BJP members walked out of the House objecting to the minister's reply, but they returned immediately and demanded from the Speaker to remove the statement of the Minister from the proceedings of the House. During the BJP protest, both the Opposition and the ruling SP members raised slogans against each other.

The speaker assured the members that he will look into their demands but still, the BJP members did not relent and started agitating demanding resignation of Mr Khan. The BJP members were annoyed when the minister during a question on the law and order of the state, without taking any name commented on the Prime Minister. Earlier, during his reply, Mr Khan said the law and order situation in the state was good. Replying on the Supreme Court's yesterday's ruling, the minister said government will reply on the issue, but still he thinks that a probe is required to find out why a similar five incidents of rape occurred in a day." Such incidents need to be probed to find out why it is happening," he added, but BJP leader Suresh Kumar Khanna alleged that the government had failed to give message in controlling crime and held Mr Khan directly responsible for the bad law and order situation in the state. Earlier, in an another question on the spread of dengue and swine flu in the state, Minister of state for health Sankh Lal Manjhi said in 2016 only two people had died so far due to dengue, while 10 due to swine flu. He also said in 2015, the dengue deaths in the state was 16 and in swine flu it was 37. However, the BSP members were dissatisfied with the reply of the minister and staged a noisy walkout. Leader of the Opposition alleged that the government was trying to coverup the issue and raised the issue of lack of dengue and swine flu testing facilities in the medical colleges of the state.

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