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Centre targeting UP investors: Mulayam

CHIEF MINISTER Mulayam Singh Yadav today announced awards to four State cricketers, who are members of national cricket team, and the victorious Ranji team, even as he flayed the Centre for targeting industrialists who he said were investing in UP.

india Updated: Mar 12, 2006 01:46 IST

Awards for 4 cricketers, Ranji team

CHIEF MINISTER Mulayam Singh Yadav today announced awards to four State cricketers, who are members of national cricket team, and the victorious Ranji team, even as he flayed the Centre for targeting industrialists who he said were investing in UP.

Chief Minister was replying to debate on the annual budget in the Vidhan Sabha today. Chief Minister said four players of the national cricket team Mohammad Kaif, Suresh Raina, RP Singh and Piyush Chawala would be awarded.

Later, Vidhan Sabha passed the Uttar Pradesh Appropriation Bill incorporating budgetary grants to the tune of Rs 9,0372.24 crore by a voice vote. The Vidhan Parishad also adopted the appropriation bill.

This was for the first time in recent years that departmental budgets were passed without debate even as the Chief Minister used the occasion to make populist announcements in view of the upcoming Vidhan Sabha elections.

Earlier, taking a dig at the Centre, Chief Minister said raids have been conducted on the premises of industrialists who had either invested in Uttar Pradesh or were members of the Uttar Pradesh Development Council.

Chief Minister also announced that Vidhan Sabha employees would be given an ex-gratia of Rs 1500 for their hard work during the budget session. An improvement would be witnessed in the power scenario as 1420 MW additional power would be made available to people, he said.

Making populist announcements, Chief Minister said legislators would be entitled to recommend construction of 7 km stretch of road. Legislators would also be allowed to get 10 villages electrified in their respective constituencies though the State Government proposed to electrify all the villages under the rural electrification scheme sponsored by the Centre. The legislators would also be able to get 200 hand pumps installed in their respective constituencies, he said.

Chief Minister also declared that the three main hospitals of Lucknow —Balrampur Hospital, the Civil Hospital and Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital — would be given facilities equivalent to that of SGPGI.

Calling Bahujan Samaj Party a gang, Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav today called Samajwadi Party’s electoral understanding with the BSP in 1993 as the biggest mistake of his life.

BSP staged a walkout when Chief Minister said Kanshi Ram has been held a captive. If Kanshi Ram was not held a captive why did his family members, including his mother, had to move Supreme Court and High Court? the Chief Minister questioned.

Kanshi Ram was nice and true to his words. He was not being allowed to meet people, the Chief Minister said. This is probably the reason why Kanshi Ram was suffering from mental illness, the Chief Minister said while talking to BSP leader Swami Prasad Maurya, “Even you will go mad if you are held captive.” He was replying to the debate on annual budget in Vidhan Sabha here today.

At this point Maurya rose from his seat and said, the Chief Minister was misleading the House on the issue. BSP members staged a walk out when the Chief Minister continued to make his point.

Chief Minister said Kanshi Ram undertook a bicycle tour in 1970 to form the Bahujan Samaj Party. Chief Minister said Kanshi Ram recognised him when he along with the Samajwadi Party general secretary went to see the BSP leader.

“Yes, I know, we got you the Chief Minister’s post,” was the observation made by Kanshi Ram said the Chief Minister. Recalling days of SP’s association with the BSP, the chief minister said he had no problems with Kanshi Ram who always asked him to meet Mayawati. Convincing Mayawati however always took time, the Chief Minister added.

CM also took a dig at the BJP saying, “If we committed a mistake. You committed a blunder by supporting her government thrice.” The Congress would have been in a stronger position if it had not aligned with the BSP, he added.

First Published: Mar 12, 2006 01:46 IST