Lucknow : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today hit out at the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre, alleging that they were not giving funds to the state for development work. Amid pandemonium by BJP members in the state Assembly during the passage of supplementary budgetary grants sought by the Samajwadi Party government, Mr Yadav categorically said that the condition of national highways was bad in the state, but the Centre was not giving funds. Besides, no financial assistance has been alloted to UP for the PM Sadak programme. In a brief address, the CM, who is also the state Finance Minister, asked the agitating BJP members to go and demonstrate in front of Parliament and Delhi to protest against the apathetic attitude of the Central government, rather than misusing their energy here. "In the supplementary budget, the government sought Rs 2000 crore for the distribution of compensation to the farmers, whose crops were destroyed in hail and storm as the Centre failed to oblige, even after sending teams to the affected areas.
"This act of BJP government clearly proved that they are against the peasants," he stated. The CM further said that the funds sought in the supplementary budget would also provide electricity to over 60,000 primary schools in the state and funds would be given for the Samajwadi Poorwanchal Express for all round development of eastern UP. Mr Yadav also commented on the controversy over the power supply to a village in Hatras, which was addressed by PM in his Independence day speech. "The PM was just trying to take political mileage from the issue and blaming the UP government, when Mr Modi's photo was shown on the TVs running in the same village," he remarked. Claiming that people of the state would certainly show BJP their real place in the coming Assembly polls, Mr Yadv said the demonstrations in UP by the party was an effort to divert the attention of the people for the Centre's failure and their promise of ' Acche Din'.
During the CM's address, state Parliamentary Affairs Minister Mohammad Azam Khan criticised the behaviour of BJP members and even termed them as 'coward' for not participating in the debate. He, along with other SP members, also shouted ' shame-shame' for the BJP members, who continued to raise slogans against the government during the CM speech. Earlier, Leader of the Opposition and BJP member Gaya Charan Dinker too opposed the supplementary budget, saying that when the government has failed to spend the main budget allotments, then what is the need for this supplementary budget. "Not more than 23 per cent of the budget have been spent by important departments after five months of the current fiscal, with departments like agriculture, backward welfare and transport spending only around 2 to 5 per cent of budget so far," he alleged. The supplementary budget and related appropriation bills to the tune of over Rs 25,347 crore was passed through voice vote at one go. The supplementary budget was tabled in the Assembly yesterday.