In Uttar Pradesh, the short-term Monsoon Session of the State Legislature began today. This is the second session of the Vidhan Mandal in 2021-22. The Supplementary Budget of the State Government will also be tabled during the session. The session is likely to remain stormy owing to various reasons as the Opposition Samajwadi Party staged a protest against the government on different issues outside the Vidhan Sabha Bhawan this morning. Notably, the last session of both the houses of the State Legislature was convened on the 18th of February and concluded on the 4th of March after the passage of the budget for 2021-22.
On the opening day of the session today, the Legislative Assembly was adjourned for the day after paying homage to its six sitting members. The Six BJP legislators, including a State Minister, had died when the house was not in session. The deceased members include Ramesh Chandra Diwakar (Auriyya), Suresh Kumar Srivastava (Lucknow West), Kesar Singh (Nawabganj-Bareilly), Dal Bahadur Kori (Salon -Rae Bareli), State Minister Vijay Kumar Kashyap(Charthawal-Muzaffarnagar)
All party leaders paid tribute to the deceased members. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in his condolence message said that this is an irreparable loss to the party and house. He also paid homage to the Corona Warriors and others who lost their lives due to COVID-19.
Earlier, while addressing the media outside the house, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that the government is ready to discuss all issues related to the welfare of the people. He said, the proceedings of the house will be positively carried ahead. He said that the works that have been done in the COVID period will be discussed in the house. The Chief Minister said, Uttar Pradesh is completing a record seven crore COVID tests and administered six crore doses of COVID vaccines -the highest in the country so far.
According to the agenda issued by the Legislative Assembly, the supplementary demands will be tabled tomorrow on 18th of August. The budget will be passed after the debate on the 19th. There will be no sitting of the house on the 20th, 21st and 22nd of August.
The All-Party Meeting was called by Assembly speaker Hriday Narayan Dixit yesterday in which he sought cooperation from the Opposition for smooth functioning of the house. He said, all arrangements according to COVID protocol have been put in place for the session.