Opposition parties called Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik’s address to the joint sitting of the bicameral legislature today a bundle of lies as it ignored the plight of farmers, corruption in appointments, law and order and truant electricity. The Governor, the Opposition said, was made to read out non-existent achievements of the Akhilesh Yadav government. Leader of the Opposition and senior Bahujan Samaj Party leader Swami Prasad Maurya said the BSP rejects the so-called achievements of the government in different sectors. “The reality is people are suffering in this raj and they want to get rid of this corrupt government at the earliest,” he said, adding that the Samajwadi Party dispensation would have to do a lot of explaining as BSP would question its every decision. Bharatiya Janata Party leader Suresh Khanna called the Governor's address a formality.
“The address does not talk about the deteriorating law and order set-up and Bundelkhand where farmers are suffering. The achievements of the government, read out by the Governor, are nothing but a bundle of lies,” Mr Khanna, who is the leader of BJP legislature party, said in a statement here. He also criticised the BSP, Congress and RLD for creating din in the House. The President of India, Mr Khanna said, had expected that the Governor’s address should be listened with attention. The BJP followed the directives of the President, he added. Rashtriya Lok Dal president Munna Singh Chauhan, in a statement, said the UP government had failed to fulfil its promises. The farmers had suffered under its regime though Samajwadi Party leaders call themselves friends of ryots. The government has failed to clear cane dues, he added