Lucknow: The opposition on Monday demanded reconvening of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly session and described as "murder of democracy" the resolution adopted hurriedly by the House to split the state.
   
Hours after the House adopted the resolution by a voice vote, delegations of SP and BJP leaders met Governor B L Joshi separately and submitted memoranda demanding that the proceedings be cancelled and the session be called again.
   
In its memorandum, SP alleged that passage of a resolution to divide state into four parts in 11 minutes without debate and sine die adjournment of the House was "most shameful".
   
Claiming that the government was in minority, the SP said it had already raised suspicion that the government would not accept voting on the resolution and would get the House adjourned to escape any no-confidence motion.
   
Leader of the Opposition Shivpal Sigh Yadav demanded that the House be conducted under the supervision of the Governor or an observer appointed by him.
   
In a similar vein, leader of BJP Legislature Party Om Prakash Singh said all resolutions should be adopted only after a structured debate and voting.
   
Singh said the manner in which the government got an important proposal passed in minutes to escape a no-confidence notice given by the BJP and SP proved that it is in minority.
   
He said the resolution regarding division of the state was neither on the agenda nor its copies were circulated among members.
   
"The intention was not good and it only aims at fooling the people. The proposal was brought in the House only with political interest," Singh alleged.
   
He said BJP was in favour of smaller states, but dividing a state in four parts was a serious issue and the State Reorganisation Commission should study it in detail.

Congress Legislature Party leader Pramod Tiwari said the manner in which SP and BJP workers created din in the House to press for acceptance of their no-confidence notice gave the government an opportunity.
   
He said that his party was not against the creation of smaller states, but SRC should be set up for this.
   
Leader of RLD Kokab Hameed said though his party has been demanding division of the state for a long time, the manner in which Chief Minister Mayawati got the proposal passed raised doubts over her intention.

Agencies