Legislators of the Congress boycotted the Governors’ address on the opening day of the budget session of the Uttar Pradesh assembly in protest against the insensitivity of the state BJP government over the death of more than hundred persons after consuming illicit liquor in Haridwar district and neighbouring Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh.
Nearly three dozen persons have already died in Haridwar district of Uttarakhand while the rest of the deaths were reported in Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh in the past three days.
The Congress legislators of the opposition led by Leader of Opposition Dr. Indira Hridayesh and State Congress Chief Pritam Singh were on their feet as Governor Baby Rani Mauyra started her address. Congress legislators charged that the present BJP government has completely failed in its duty and was thoroughly exposed following the hooch tragedy which claimed lives of so many people.
Demanding resignation of Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Rawat by holding placards, Congress legislators sat on a ‘Dharna’ on the staircase of the state assembly.
Dr. Indira Hridayesh alleged that it was the most insensitive government which has failed to respond to the tragedy in an appropriate manner. She said that none of the state government ministers visited the affected families. Pritam Singh, Uttarakhand Congress chief and legislator from Chakrata said that Chief Minister as well Excise Minister Prakash Pant should resign on the issue taking responsibility.
The Congress legislators also demanded ex-gratia relief of ₹10 lakh each to each bereaved family of the state in the hooch tragedy. Congress legislators disrupted the proceeding of the house twice in the day which was adjourned it till Tuesday morning.
Replying to the Congress allegations, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said that a bill will be brought seeking strict action against those involved in making and selling illicit liquor.
Chief Minister also ordered for formation of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by an officer of Inspector General rank of police to conduct a detailed investigation in the hooch tragedy incident.