The Opposition in Uttar Pradesh, which boycotted the special assembly session on Wednesday to mark the 150th birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, seems to have been betrayed by its own legislators.
The marathon 36-hour Assembly session, was attended by Congress MLA Aditi Singh. She even gave a speech in which she was all praises for the Chief Minister and the State government. She also did not attend Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s silent march earlier in the day.
Aditi Singh represents the Rae Bareli (Sadar) Assembly seat, which is Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s Lok Sabha seat as well.
When asked, she said, “My concern is for the people of my constituency. I am an educated Legislator and will do what I feel is right.”
This is not the first time that Aditi Singh has embarrassed the Congress. Earlier, she openly came out to support the abrogation of Article 370 in August.
Earlier, she said, “It will help in integrating J-K into the mainstream. It’s a historic decision.”
Singh also said the decision should not be politicised. “As an MLA, in my capacity, I welcome this decision,” she said. Aditi Singh also tweeted her views on the issue and said, “United we stand! Jai Hind #Article370.”
Aditi and her late father Akhilesh Singh is known to be close to the Gandhi family and Priyanka had flown down from Delhi to offer condolences when he passed away in August.
Congress Legislature party leader Ajay Kumar Lallu did not acknowledge about Aditi Singh’s presence in the Assembly. The Congress leaders did not wish to comment on the matter.
Nitin Agarwal of Samajwadi Party also defied Opposition stand. Agarwal spoke out against the Samajwadi Party leadership for its inability to recognise the mood of the common man and praised BJP.
Nitin Agarwal’s father and former MP Naresh Agarwal joined the BJP last year so it was on expected lines. Though the SP had not sought his disqualification, Nitin has started sitting on the treasury benches. On Wednesday night, however, he chose to sit on the Opposition benches and deliver his speech.
Two of Samajwadi Party’s members in the legislative Assembly, Shatrudha Prakash and Madhukar Jaitley sent their written speeches to the Chairman and requested him to make the documents a part of the proceedings. The Chairman obliged, despite mild protests from the BJP members.
Another SP MLC Ravi Shankar Singh Pappu also attended the session, defying the party’s boycott call.
The Bahujan Samajwadi Party MLA Anil Singh and MLC Brijesh Singh Princu also attended the session.