Protesting against the state government over distribution of financial relief to drought-affected farmers in the past two years, BJP members staged a walkout from the UP Legislative Council on Monday.
The state government was replying to a question by Samajwadi Party member Shatrudra Prakash during Question Hour. Leader of the House Ahmed Hasan said the government had demanded Rs 4,794.89 crore from the Centre for crop loss during the Kharif season in 2014, Rs 2,057.79 crore for Kharif season in 2015 and Rs 1,888.35 crore for Rabi season in 2015, under the National Disaster Relief Fund.
Hasan said that against the above demands, the Centre provided only Rs 490.28 crore for Kharif season of 2014 and Rs 934.32 crore for 2015, and added that the state has not received any fund from the Centre for crop loss during Rabi season in 2015. Hasan said Rs 1,468.10 crore has been sanctioned for drought-affected farmers.
Noting that the state government has provided less funds compared with the demand, Prakash asked in a supplementary question whether the Narendra Modi-led central government was biased against the state government for political reasons.
Alleging that Centre is anti-farmer, Hasan said, “This is true that the Centre was showing step-motherly attitude. BJP leader should seriously consider the situation. They have 73 MPs but they did not raise the issue of 18 drought-affected districts.”
Later, BJP member Mahendra Singh asked the SP government to inform the House about the amount the state government has allocated and distributed to affected farmers in 2014-15. He also asked about the number of farmers who were left out of relief distribution.
Following this, BJP members staged a walkout while raising slogans that the state government was anti-farmer.