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Yogi Adityanath government to cut short the budget session

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Boycott by the entire Opposition in the UP assembly for the second day forced the Yogi Adityanath government to cut short the budget session. The budget session scheduled to end on July 28 is likely to be concluded on July 24. On Friday government rushed with the passage of the budget and a record 69 budgetary grants were adopted by the house without any debate.

The opposition Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Congress along with one member of the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) have been boycotting the assembly since Thursday. The opposition alleged that the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, used offensive language on Wednesdayand they felt threatened and intimidated.

The Opposition members on Friday staged dharna outside the House wearing black ribbons and masks on their mouth to register their protests .Leader of the Opposition Ram Govind Choudhury alleged that when the government was threatening the opposition in send them to ail and not allowing them to speak then there was no justification in attending the proceedings of the house. “We have announced to boycott the entire budget session and we stick to that,” he said.

Congress leader Ajay Kumar Lalu also supported the leader of opposition saying the Opposition is united on the issue and will not bow to any pressure. “The treasury bench are not allowing us to speak in the house while their CM is threatening us and we are left with no option but to boycott the proceedings of the house’’.

The opposition members are also demanding that the CM should apologise for his statement against the Opposition during his reply to the budget debate. However, inside the assembly, the ruling BJP and its alliance partners criticised the Opposition for their undemocratic role.

Though CM, who was present, did not utter a word, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Kumar Khanna said when opposition was not participating in the proceedings, and then there was no point in continuing the session of the house till July 28. He said all the budget grants be passed today and end the session. The speaker readily accepted the proposal.

Later, Mr Khanna announced in the house that chief minister Adityanath wanted to give the Opposition  one more opportunity to o rectify their  mistake and join the proceedings of the house. He said the debate and voting on two grants –home and general administration along with the appropriation Bills would be taken up on July 24.  On Friday the house  passed  69 budgetary grants amounting to over Rs 1,57,48,15,94,000  crore by voice vote.  On Thursday the House had passed 11 budgetary grants.




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