The state Assembly Monday witnessed a bitter war of words between the ruling benches and BSP MLA and Leader of Opposition Swami Prasad Maurya after the latter, during the debate on budget, referred to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav as ‘Lalua’ (a soft person).
Amidst the din, Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey assured that no unparliamentary word will be made part of the proceedings.
Participating in the budget debate, Maurya said that Akhilesh has learnt several things from his father and SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav. “Only one thing is left to learn?to become tough…Jab aankh dikhana aa jaye (if he learns to stare down people). CM must adopts this trait at earliest as his ministers want him to remain a ‘Lalua’,” Maurya said.
SP legislators Manoj Pandey, Pawan Pandey, Sangram Yadav, Rajkumar Yadav, Ramzan Beg and several others were immediately on their feet opposing Maurya’s comment. “Maurya ji you are used to giving such statements against our leaders. Remember that a case has been registered and chargesheet filed against you in Mainpuri when you did the same thing,” Mainpuri MLA Rajkumar Yadav said. Akhilesh too responded strongly even as Maurya reiterated that he only want the CM to be tough.
Meanwhile, SP MLA Pradeep Kumar Yadav referred to the Ledaer of Opposition by his surname resulting in further heated exchange of words. Both, BSP and SP legislators, left their seats but .secondary education minister Mehbood Ali intervened to control the situation.
Maurya continued his onslaught on the SP government blaming it for acute power crisis. Akhilesh again objected to his allegations. “Just tell me when did you commission a power house in the state. It is better you focus your speech on other departments,” Akhilesh said.
Former energy minister and BSP member Ramveer Upadhyay, who was sitting next to Maurya, claimed that Anpara C and D, Meja, Karchhana, Para, all power projects, were commissioned during BSP regime. “Better check your facts. You could not even lay transmission lines for power project at Srinagar which was commissioned during Netaji’s (Mulayam) regime,” Akhilesh responded.
Both again traded charges after Maurya claimed that state government was doing little for c0-generation of power from sugar mills.
“There are many questions. Just tell me at which rate you purchased power from Roja? We brought the co-generation policy,” Akhilesh said.
Earlier, Maurya termed the budget document as anti-poor which has been prepared as CM is on the backfoot. “Even the jhunjhuna (read laptop) is missing. Now your priorities have changed after Lok Sabha results,” he said.
Maurya said that nearly Rs 4,062 crore marked for 190 schemes in the previous budget remained unutilised. He also took a dig at poor law and order situation saying that nearly one dozen bodies were found hanging from the tree after Budaun rape incident. The charges were countered by SP members.
BJP leader Satish Mahana said the budget seemed prepared in a haste and was an unplanned document. “It would have been better if the schemes, which have been withdrawn, were properly monitored not caring about election results. Then, the story would have been different,” he said.
The debate will continue on Tuesday.