Lucknow, Feb 14 : The statement of Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav giving blessing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his second term, rocked the Uttar Pradesh Assembly on Thursday, leading to adjournment of the House for 20 minutes during the Question Hour.
The SP-BSP members raised objections, when treasury bench congratulated Mr Yadav for his statement in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday. Maurya started with complementing the SP founder, which irked the SP-BSP members.
The issue came, when Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya was replying to a question on the Rs five crore development fund for each Legislator. State Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Khanna too joined his deputy CM, saying that Mr Mulayam has made an honest statement and expressed the sentiments of the entire country.
Leader of the Opposition and SP member Ram Govind Choudhury tried to diffuse the ruling BJP members by saying that a person always says good of a dead person. The Opposition members were on their toes alleging that not a single opposition MLA's proposal for Rs 5 crore project were accepted and only the local BJP MP's proposal were approved.
Later minister of state Upendra Tiwari joined the issue charging that though during the Mulayam regime every legislator was given additional fund for development but in the previous Akhilesh Yadav regime they were denied such. "I am ready to resign from the house, if my charges are proved wrong," he announced amid noisy scenes by the opposition members.
Speaker Hridya Narain Dikshit adjourned the house for 10 minutes for noisy scenes which was extended for another 10 minutes during the question hour. When the house reassembled, the opposition members in one voice alleged that not a single MLA has been given any sanction to their proposal and only the MPs were given priority. "This government was only adopting the policy of Apna Saath, Apna Vikas," they said.
The opposition members were joined by the BJP alliance partner Suheldeo Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) member Tribeni Ram, who too alleged that his proposals too were denied and only the BJP MPs proposal were accepted.
Mr Keshav Maurya, rejecting the charges of the opposition, claimed that there is no discrimination by the government and against the proposals sent by 357 peoples' representatives, 318 were accepted and rest were in process. (UNI)