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Darkness, din, boycott mar first day of UK assembly

Posted on Dec 05, 09:06PM | UNI

The first day of Uttarakhand Assembly's supplementary budget session was today marked by power breakdowns, pandemonium, adjournments, a washed out Question Hour and opposition boycott.

However, despite the chaos, the Congress government managed to resolutely go ahead with listed legislative business, including tabling of nine ordinances including setting up of four private Universities and electing Congress candidate Anusuya Prasad Maikhuri as the unopposed Deputy Speaker.

As soon as the House assembled, the opposition BJP legislators, led by Leader of the Opposition Ajay Bhatt, vociferously pressed for discussion under rule 310 about the recently launched Unemployment Allowance and Skill Development scheme which was denied firmly by Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal.

Meanwhile, the electricity supply played hide and seek in the Assembly hall, plunging it in darkness for short periods, forcing the Speaker to adjourn the House at 1110 hrs till 1220 hrs, washing out Question Hour.

When the House re-assembled, the BJP members again began shouting slogans to "seek justice for the unemployed youth" with Mr Bhatt accusing the Congress of "doing too little, too late for too less number of unemployed youth." The opposition turned down the Speaker's offer to discuss the issue some other day.

Meanwhile, the Speaker and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Indira Hridyesh got the day's agenda passed with voice vote after which the Speaker declared Dr Maikhuri's election as Deputy Speaker.

Soon after congratulating Dr Maikhuri, Mr Bhatt led his party out of the House in protest.

The House paid glowing tributes to late prime minister I K Gujral and rushed through its listed agenda in absence of the opposition.

The House was adjourned till 1600 hrs at around 1300 hrs. The supplementary budget was listed to be tabled in the evening session today.