Over 100 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs sat on an unprecedented dharna (protest) inside the Uttar Pradesh assembly along with opposition members. They accused the Yogi Government of harassing a ruling party lawmaker.
While the Assembly session was underway BJP MLA from Loni constituency Nand Kishor Gurjar stood up to speak and alleged harassment by the Ghaziabad district administration and police. However, the parliamentary affairs minister Suresh Khanna ordered him to sit down.
Samajwadi Party MLA and leader of opposition in UP assembly Ram Govind Chaudhary supported the MLA and urged that he should be allowed to speak. Other opposition lawmakers also raised this demand.
However, UP assembly speaker Hriday Narain Dikshit did not allow Gurjar to speak. Later, the house was adjourned for the day.
Angry over not being allowed to speak Gurjar sat on a dharna inside the house and he was later joined by other BJP MLAs. The opposition MLAs from Samajwadi Party and Congress also joined the BJP lawmakers and slogans of “Vidhayak Ekta Zindabad”.
UP deputy CM Dr Dinesh Sharma tried to convince the protesting BJP MLAs to back off but he was unheard. Later, all the MLAs cutting across party lines went into the speaker’s chamber to meet him.
After an assurance from the speaker the protesting MLAs withdrew their dharna.