First day of Assembly Session
By Arun Pratap Singh
Dehradun, 5 Feb: The special assembly session of the Uttarakhand Assembly began, here, today. Though it is the first session in the current year, it began without the Governor’s address, as it has been convened as an extension of the monsoon session held, last year, which had not been prorogued.
On the first day, there was nothing on the agenda except tributes to deceased members and former members of the House. Rich tributes were paid to the deceased MLA from Manglaur, Sarwat Karim Ansari who passed away on 30 October, last. Ansari was a BSP leader who had defeated Congress leader Qazi Nizamuddin. So far, no election has not been held on this seat. Tributes were also paid to former members of the House Mohan Singh Rawat, Puran Chand Sharma, Krishna Singh, Narendra Singh and Dhani Ram. The entire house became emotional while paying tributes.
Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, who is also the Leader of the House, was the first to pay his tributes. He observed that the entire House was sad today. Many friends and seniors had been lost since the session was last held. Remembering Sarwat Karim Ansari, he said that the passing away of Ansari was a huge loss for every member of the house. Ansari behaved like a brother to him. They used to meet frequently and walk together. Dhami also reminded that when he (Dhami) was not a member of the House, he and Ansari still met often in the late evenings. Ansari used to recite Shayari and he had good command over Urdu poetry. Dhami also recited an Urdu couplet in memory of Ansari. He asserted that his government and the other members of the House would carry forward his good work when he is no more present amongst them.
The CM also paid rich tribute to the late Mohan Singh Rawat ‘Gaonwasi’. He reminded that despite being a BJP leader of great stature, Gaonwasi was a man who lived a simple life. His contribution to strengthening the BJP in the state is immense and the work he did to lay such a strong foundation of the party in Uttarakhand would remain long in the memories of the party leaders. He was a strong pillar of the party and was a founding member. His contribution was incomparable. He worked as a minister in the first government of Uttarakhand. Despite being a tall leader, he had an easy-going personality and behaved like a simple man, meeting everyone with equal joy. His entire life was an example for all and his politics was merely a medium for him to serve the people.
The CM also paid tribute to the late Puran Chand Sharma who was the first BJP State President after the formation of a separate state. He also played a significant role in strengthening the party and his wisdom would continue to inspire the party leaders.
Paying tribute to the late Narendra Singh, who was a former MLA from Laksar and father of ex-MLA Kunwar Pranav Singh, Dhami said that he was a committed social worker who worked tirelessly for the people of his constituency.
In addition, the CM also paid tributes to ex-MLC from undivided UP, the late Dhani Ram Singh Negi (a Dehradun resident) and reminded the house of his contribution in the field of secondary education. Negi was a teacher by profession and a communist leader who had played a major role in amending the Intermediate Act in 1985. He also paid tribute to former Nainital MLA, the late Kishan Singh Tadagi and said that he had contributed greatly as a member of the House.
After the CM, Leader of the Opposition Yashpal Arya also paid tributes to all the deceased leaders.
Other members of the House also paid their tributes to the deceased members and former members of the House.
Later, the House was adjourned till 11 a.m. tomorrow. Tomorrow some bills including the bill related to the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) and 5 percent horizontal reservation to sportspersons and 10 percent horizontal reservation to statehood activists or their dependants in the state government services are likely to be introduced. The House is expected to run till 8 February. It is almost certain that the Question Hour will not be held during the special session, although the Assembly secretariat has received more than 250 questions for the session.