The first day of the newly constituted Legislative Assembly in Uttarakhand started on a stormy note today with opposition BJP criticising Governor Margaret Alva for addressing the House in English.
Alva first spoke few lines in Hindi and later switched over to English, a move immediately resented by BJP members, who stood up and asked her to read in Hindi.
However, the Governor refused to read in Hindi saying she came from south India and was not from Uttarakhand. But the BJP members continued their protest asking the Governor to "go back".
Amid the din, the Governor hurriedly read the last few lines and wrapped up her address within five minutes. Later, the house was adjourned till 1500 hours.
During the Governor's address, some BJP members like Arvind Pandey, Premchand Agrawal and Rajkumar Thukral also shouted slogans against the state government.
Later, talking to reporters, the BJP MLAs said the government has insulted Hindi under its alleged appeasement policy.
"First Congress nominated R V Gardner from Anglo-India community much before the cabinet formation. And now, the Congress government is lowering the status of Hindi in the Hindi heartland of Uttarakhand," said Thukral, a BJP MLA.
BJP members again started protests against Alva after the House reassembled at 1500 hours.
The pandemonium continued following which the Speaker adjourned the House for the day.
BJP Attacks Alva for Addressing the Session in English
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