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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Lucknow, September 20, 2013
SP, BSP members spar after Akhilesh cites home ministry data to say maximum riots took place under BSP regime in 2007-08 Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday said his government would have to work round-the-clock to improve the law and order situation to bring about development in Uttar Pradesh.

“We will have to work on the law and order situation regularly to bring the state on the top of the list of developed states. If the situation is not improved, those willing to invest will turn away from UP,” said chief minister while replying to a debate on the first supplementary demands of grants for 2013-2014 that he tabled in the state assembly on Wednesday.

After the chief minister’s address, the state assembly passed the Uttar Pradesh Appropriation (Supplementary 2013-2014) Bill, 2013, that provided for the supplementary grants of Rs. 7112.39 crore to the state government.

The chief minister quoted figures of the union home ministry to make his point that the maximum number of riots took place in the state during the BSP government’s tenure in 2007-2008.

The chief minister said these were not the figures of the state government and the BSP leaders may verify the data from the union home ministry.

At this point, leader of opposition Swami Prasad Maurya rose from his seat to counter the chief minister’s observations. A heated exchange was witnessed between the BSP and the ruling party members with minister for parliamentary affairs Mohammad Azam Khan, saying that the leader of opposition should learn to respect the office of leader of the House (the chief minister) and not cause obstruction in the address.

The chief minister said Maurya should stop using his earphones that forced him to speak loudly. Khan said Maurya should change his style and learnt to respect the chief minister.

When the chief minister rose to speak again, he strongly countered the leader of opposition’s charges that a large chunk of the supplementary grants had been allocated to Yadav’s home district Etawah, his wife Dimple Yadav’s Kannauj Lok Sabha constituency or his uncle’s constituency.

“Funds allocated to these areas are only 0.7% of the total supplementary budget. A large chunk of the supplementary budget has been earmarked for development works,” he said.

Giving data to support his point, the chief minister said a large chunk of budgetary funds and the supplementary budget funds were allocated for construction of parks and memorials during the tenure of the BSP government.