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Cong walkout over Govt ?no?

THE CONGRESS members staged a walkout in the Vidhan Sabha on Friday following the Government refusal to institute an inquiry into alleged payment of Rs 150 crore to a UP politician by the proprietor of a distillery.

india Updated: Feb 18, 2006 01:29 IST

Liquor issue kicks up dust in Vidhan Sabha

THE CONGRESS members staged a walkout in the Vidhan Sabha on Friday following the Government refusal to institute an inquiry into alleged payment of Rs 150 crore to a UP politician by the proprietor of a distillery.

Raising the issue through an adjournment notice during the Zero Hour, Congress Legislature Party leader Pramod Tiwari said the state and the Central exchequer suffered an Excise loss of Rs 3600 crore as the distillery saved 5 per cent Excise Duty by sending stock to the market without paying duty.

Tiwari alleged that the UP Distillery Association paid the money to the politician at the rate of Rs 5 crore per month and all the shocking details came to light during the Income Tax raid carried out on the distillery on February 14 and 15.

The proprietor also admitted that he had not declared in the Income Tax a sum of Rs 30 lakh which was recovered from the distillery.

Opposing the notice, Revenue Minister Ambika Chaudhary said the allegations were based on newspaper reports and the House could not take cognizance of the reports appearing in newspapers. He also said that there were no evidences and complete facts and truth would be known only after completion of the IT raids.

Chaudhary also claimed that the issue, though serious, was beyond the State Government jurisdiction and as such, it could not do anything.

The notice was later rejected by the Chair.

The BSP members also walked out accusing the SP and the Government of large-scale bungling and rigging in the recently concluded Zila Panchayat chairman’s elections and alleged that the police played a partisan role.

The issue came up during the Zero Hour when Daddu Prasad Maurya (BSP), speaking on the admissibility of his adjournment notice, said a number of Zila Panchayat members were kidnapped and the police turned a blind eye.

Maurya alleged that no action had so far been taken by the police in the FIRs for misuse of the government machinery in the elections, kidnapping and other cases.

Ambika Chaudhary, however, congratulated the police for holding peaceful Zila Panchayat chairman’s elections and denied misuse of the Government machinery. The notice was rejected by Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey.