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Yogi slams opposition over Assembly disruption

Archana Srivastava | Lucknow |

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday slammed the opposition for disrupting the proceedings of the Assembly.

He said the government  was willing to hold discussions on the issue of hike in power tariff  but the opposition was shying away from the same as the misdeeds of the previous regimes would come to light.

The opposition did not want the correct picture to emerge before the people . He said the constant disruption was indicative of the anti- people and anti- farmer face of the opposition.

The CM stood up to speak following the constant anti- government sloganeering by the Samajwadi Party MLAs in the well of the House. Those of the Congress and the BSP also participated in the din, though while remaining in their seats.

Referring to the Samajwadi Party MLAs, Yogi Adityanath said 47 people could not be allowed to hold 355 duly elected people as hostage. It would have been good if the 47 MLAs had held discussion on the power tariff hike.

But they want to run away from the truth as the questionable decisions and actions taken by the previous regime would come to light, the chief minister said.

The CM said the hike in the price of electricity was from the existing 80 paisa per unit to Rs 1.10 paisa per unit.

A farmer who earlier spent Rs 24 on diesel for one unit was now spending just Rs 1.25 paisa for the use of his pumping set.

The districts were getting 22 hour power supply. He said by constantly disrupting the proceedings, the SP was showing its anti farmer face. Yogi said the chair would have to take cognizance if such disruptions  and take requisite steps.

Earlier, as soon as the House assembled the SP and Congress legislators were up on their feet demanding a roll back in the electricity rate hike. The SP MLAs trooped into the well of the House and raised anti- government slogans. Speaker Hriday Narain Dixit repeatedly adjourned the House.

When the House reassembled, Parliamentary Affairs minister Suresh Khanna said the ruling party was ready for a discussion on the issue but it appeared the SP was not willing for the same.

He said it was a betrayal of  the people of the state.

Energy minister Shrikant Sharma said under the Yogi government the underlying line was minimal rise in power rates coupled with maximum power supply.

UPs identity has now become synonymous with ‘ujala’ (light). He added this was in marked departure from the previous regime when uninterrupted power supply was given to just four districts.