UP budget session, beginning tomorrow, likely to be stormy

UP budget session, beginning tomorrow, likely to be stormy


Lucknow: The first budget session of the 17th Uttar Pradesh Assembly commencing here tomorrow, is likely to be stormy with the Opposition raising issues, including that of law and order, to corner the three-and-a-half month old Yogi Adityanath government. State Finance Minister Rajesh Agarwal will present the maiden budget for the fiscal 2017-18 tomorrow it self at 1230 hrs which is likely to touch around Rs 4 lakh crores with the BJP government announcing several welfare schemes promised in the " sankalp patra' released during the election campaign. With the budget would be focused on the farmers and youths, but the main issue would be the budgetary allocation for the farmers loan waiver scheme, 7th pay commission to state employees, hike in the pension of different schemes besides boosting the infrastructure and other development projects. The budget has already been delayed in the current fiscal by four months, hence the Yogi government will have to work overtime to deliver in the next eight months to spend the funds allotted in the budget. The BJP has over two third majority in Assembly but it is in minority in the Legislative Council, where the SP has the upper hand which could create problem for the ruling party. On the other hand the opposition parties, particularly the main opposition Samajwadi party, have geared up to corner the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on host of issues like the law and order, demolition of the cycle tracks and toppling of the elected chairman of the district panchayats through no confidence vote. BSP and Congress would raise the issue of Law and Order besides atrocities on Dalits, saffron agenda and insult on their icons. As per the agenda for the Budget session communicated to the state Assembly Speaker Hridya Narain Dikshit by the state government, the session will have 14 sittings and the session would conclude on July 28, after the passage of the budget and the appropriation bills. This will be the second sitting of the Assembly in this new government after the first one which held in May thereafter the House was adjourned indefinitely and had been summoned once again from tomorrow. Meanwhile, the Opposition and the ruling BJP and its allies are holding legislature party meeting today to work out the strategy for the budget session. Speaker Hridya Narain Dixit has also convened a meeting of the party leaders today while a separate meeting on security during the session would also be held this afternoon. Leader of the Opposition Ram Govind Choudhury said here that this BJP government has already failed in just three months time as it could not fulfill the promises to be completed in 90 days. "The law and order has deteriorated and they are only doing the work started by the previous SP government by changing the names," he said. The SP leader also strongly protested against the demolition of cycle tracks made during the previous regime." The roads in the state were in bad shape while the power supply has wreaked, but even after promises, nothing has been done," he further alleged. BSP leader Lalji Verma said that the atrocities on Dalits have increased on the name of cow slaughter and alleged that this government was trying to saffron every government department. Congress leader Ajay Kumar Lalu too joined the opposition charge against the Yogi government and said that damage of the statues of Rajiv Gandhi, Indira Gandhi would be raised in the house. However, State Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Kumar Khanna said that government is ready to answer to any of the opposition charges but it is up to them to run the House smoothly. "It is a budget session and every member would get chance to speak so it is the onus on the opposition to run the house without any disturbances," he said. The Speaker too made it clear that he is ready to sit late in the night to allow all the members to speak on the debate on budget." Every member would get a chance to speak in the House, " he added.

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