On July 12, 150 gm of a powdery substance was found under the seat of Samajwadi Party MLA Manoj Singh in the UP Assembly. That the substance was PETN, a plastic explosive, was declared by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath a day after.
A controversy has also erupted over the authenticity of preliminary findings of Lucknow forensic laboratory that declared the powder to be PETN. The UP Police never sends samples of suspicious substance for tests to the Lucknow laboratory but to the one in Agra that is the only certified destination for these tests.
"The BJP government is responsible for the security lapse which led to the recovery of the white powder from the Assembly and it is now playing politics over the issue," the former chief minister told reporters in Kannauj.
"A mock drill is being conducted to cater to any emergency-like situation and evacuate people during the crictical hour. Apart from this, the mock drill will also enable us to plug possible loopholes in the security apparatus (if any)," SSP, ATS, Umesh Kumar Srivastava told reporters.
Following recovery of explosive, several security arrangements have been decided to made in the Vidhan Bhawan. Quick Response Team would be formed, body and bag scanner machine will be installed in the Vidhan Bhawan and others.
Weighing around 150 gm, the packet containing explosives was found under the seat of Samajwadi Party MLA Manoj Pandey. The contents of the packet were sent to a forensic laboratory where it was identified as PETN (Pentaerythritol Tetranitrate).
Leader of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) Ajay Singh Lallu said that those dealing in illicit liquor often enjoyed political patronage and should be dealt sternly. He urged the government to announce financial assistance of Rs 10 lakh for the family members of the deceased.
The 2017-18 budget is expected to include measures to mop up additional resources to offload Rs 36,000 crore meant for crop loan waiver to benefit nearly 86 lakh small and marginal farmers, and Rs 34,000 crore required to meet expenses for implementation of the seventh pay panel's recommendations and some other major commitments made in its election manifesto.