LUCKNOW: The budget session, the last before the next parliamentary elections, began Thursday amid opposition protests against the government’s handling of the farmer’s unrest and deteriorating public order situation. Most opposition parties boycotted Governor Anandiben Patel’s speech in the joint chamber sitting on opening day.
As members of the Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party and Congress staged a walkout, the SBSP led by Om Prakash Rajbhar, who was part of the Yogi government until 2018, but subsequently split up, did not did not join the boycott.
In her speech, the governor highlighted the achievements of the state government, especially its efforts in building the Ram Temple and dealing with the Covid crisis.
Before boycotting the governor’s speech, which they described as “a bunch of lies,” SP members, waving signs against the Yogi government, waved slogans for a few minutes, then stormed out of the chamber. The governor completed his 36-page speech in about 40 minutes. However, unlike in previous years, this year the opposition did not make much noise during the speech.
Earlier, SP deputies went to the assembly building on tractors to highlight the “suffering of farmers” and to express their solidarity with the agitation of the farmers.
Instead of 11 a.m., the meeting began at 11:07 a.m. after the governor received a guard of honor. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, President Hriday Narayan Dikshit, Provisional Council Chairman Manvendra Kumar Singh, Principal Secretaries Pradip Dubey and Rajsh Kumar Singh of the Assembly and the Council respectively, received the Governor and escorted her to ‘to the assembly.
After the governor’s speech when the House met at 12:30 p.m., the President said that the governor’s speech was deemed to have been read again and adopted half a dozen ordinances promulgated earlier by the Yogi government. At around 1 p.m., he adjourned the meeting to meet again on Friday.
“The government has accomplished the task of starting the construction of the Ram temple at his birthplace Ayodhya,” the governor said in his speech.
Highlighting the government’s Covid control measures, she said: “At present, 125 laboratories are working in the public sector and 104 in the private sector to perform Covid tests. Vaccination is also breaking the corona chain. It is noteworthy that in the index of “ease of doing business”, the state was ranked second in the country. In addition, UP remains in the lead in the production of sugar, sugar cane and milk.
The governor also highlighted how the state government has progressed in different sectors, including infrastructure. It has achieved remarkable success in strengthening the health and social service sectors, she said, adding that the MSME sector is also growing rapidly and exports are increasing.
Referring to the tourism sector, she said there are immense possibilities for tourism development in Uttar Pradesh while commending the Yogi government for taking initiatives to promote tourism in the religious, wildlife and heritage segments. .
Referring to the achievements made in the field of tourism, she said: “Thanks to the efforts of my government, Uttar Pradesh has moved from the second place in 2019 to the first place in 2020, according to Indian tourism statistics, in terms of arrival of domestic tourists from all over India.