With no opposition, UP government clears budgets of 75 departments in minutes
The government conducted its entire business in less than two hours. Now, only the budgets of home and general administration departments remain to be passed.lucknow Updated: Jul 22, 2017 14:22 IST
With the opposition parties staying away from proceedings of the assembly for the second consecutive day on Friday, Uttar Pradesh government pushed through the budgets of 75 departments within minutes.
The state government conducted its entire business in less than two hours. Now, only the budgets of home and general administration departments remain to be passed.
An amount of Rs 1,57,048.15 crore for budgets of the 75 departments was passed without any discussion and speaker Hridaya Narain Dixit adjourned the house till Monday.
This amount is in addition to the vote-on-account for first five months of 2017-2018 passed before the assembly elections.
In between, minister for parliamentary affairs Suresh Khanna urged the speaker to give the ‘erring’ opposition one more chance to ‘correct’ their mistake and take part in assembly business on Monday. “If the opposition does not turn up, the government will get budgets of home and general administration departments and Appropriation Bill for 2017-2018 passed,” Khanna said.
Khanna said the Samajwadi Party, the BSP and the Congress members have not been able to give any reason for their decision to boycott the assembly.
He said leader of opposition Ram Govind Chaudhary was repeatedly requested to seek clarifications, if he wanted, on chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s reply to the debate on the budget on Wednesday evening. Chaudhary, however, did not seek any clarification, he added.
“We have remained in opposition, walked out and boycotted proceedings for an hour or two. We condemn the conduct of the opposition and the boycott. The chief minister did do no wrong by deciding to recommend a CBI inquiry into PCS appointments. He wants to change the lives of the people. We decided to waive of crop loans of farmers and also provide money for payment of arrears of seventh pay commission though the financial situation did not permit the same. We wanted to run the house till July 28. The opposition has, however, created such a scenario,” said Khanna.
As there was no opposition, the speaker took up the listed agenda one after the other soon after the house assembled at 11am. Question hour ended in a few minutes. Other listed business was also taken up.
Later, the chief minister moved a resolution congratulating Ram Nath Kovind on his election as President of India.
BJP member Mayankeshwar Sharan Singh pointed out that some opposition members were signing the attendance register, despite their boycott, to claim allowances.
Khanna said this was a serious issue. However, the speaker reserved his ruling.
First Published: Jul 22, 2017 14:22 IST