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Bundelkhand issue affects LS proceedings for second day

PTI  New Delhi, August 04, 2009
First Published: 14:35 IST(4/8/2009) | Last Updated: 14:37 IST(4/8/2009)

The move to create a Bundelkhand Development Authority continued to affect the proceedings of the Lok Sabha for the second day on Tuesday forcing the government to give an assurance that the federal character of the country will not be altered.

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As soon as the House met for the day, BJP Deputy Leader Sushma Swaraj sought to know from the government the status on the move to set up a development authority for the drought-hit region spread across Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.

"There is no proposal before the government which will alter the federal character of the country," Parliamentary
Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said.

Normalcy was restored after the government statement, which, however, did not make specific reference to creation of the board for development of a backward area which falls in both the states.

Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi had met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last week seeking a Rs. 8,000 crore package for Bundelkhand and creation of a board for development of the area.

BJP and BSP had created uproar in the House on Monday on the issue leading to its adjournment. They were opposed to the move to set up Bundelkhand Development Authority without consulting Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh governments saying it smacks of disrespect to the federal character of the country.


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