BSP, Cong slam SP govt for giving political colour to Assembly celebrations

The SP government on Saturday came under severe criticisms from the BSP as well as the Congress for ignoring constitutional posts and the opposition in the run-up to the 125th anniversary celebrations of the state legislature.

The BSP slammed the state government for ignoring the Legislative Assembly Speaker and Legislative Council Chairman in the publicity material published by the government to mark the occasion.

In a statement, the party said that the SP government had violated the democratic conduct and traditions by ignoring Assembly Speaker and Legislative Council Chairman in the one page advertisement issued by the Information and Public Relations Department of UP on Saturday. The advertisement had the photographs of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, former chief minister N D Tiwari, who will be the chief guest for the celebrations on the opening day, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, who will be chief guest on the second day, and President Pranab Mukherjee who will be chief guest on the final day of the celebrations to be held in the state capital.

The BSP said the constitutional bodies like Speaker and Legislative Council Chairman have special importance in a democratic set-up and therefore they are placed at higher places in the protocol. The main Opposition party attacked the government saying the celebrations are being held for the Assembly and Legislative Council, which are hosts for these functions, but the government "undemocratically" displayed the pictures of people linked to the government in the publicity material.

The Congress also slammed the government for not inviting Opposition leaders, including those from the Congress, at the opening ceremony of the photo exhibition inaugurated as a part of the 125th anniversary celebrations of Vidhan Sabha. The photo exhibition depicting the historic journey of the state Legislature was inaugurated by the chief minister on Friday.

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