Lucknow, Feb 17 : The Samajwadi Party stalled the proceedings of both the Houses of the Uttar Pradesh Legislature on Monday, over an alleged threat on the life of party president Akhilesh Yadav, saying that he has received threat calls and some individual has tried to stall his meeting in Kannauj recently. The Question Hour was washed away in this din in the state Assembly, while similar unruly scenes were witnessed in the state Legislative Council, where the SP is in majority.
As soon as the Assembly began on Monday, SP members trouped into the well of the House as Leader of the Opposition Ram Govind Choudhury charged that party president Akhilesh Yadav was being given life threat on his mobile phone. He alleged that both the BJP and the UP government were trying to kill their leader and disrupting the political rallies of SP. Reacting to the allegations, State Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Kumar Khanna said they respect Mr Yadav, who is also the former chief minister of the state.
''It is the entire society, which is under threat from the Samajwadi Party and Akhilesh Yadav has not to worry about his life from a BJP karyakarta, as the members are alleging," Khanna said. Speaker Hridya Narain Dikshit tried to pacify the members, but when they refused to hear, he adjourned the House for 30 minutes. Later, it was extended up to 1220 hrs and the Question Hour was suspended, due to the disruption.
After the adjournment of the House, the SP members continued to sit on a dharna, in the well of the House. Later, when the House re-assembled, the Parliamentary Affairs Minister said that Mr Yadav enjoys Z-plus security, comprising 182 Jawans. ''There is no threat to the life of Akhilesh Yadav,'' he asserted. (UNI)