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BSP, BJP walk out over land acquisition relief, power crisis

At another question, BJP staged a walkout blaming the state government for providing costly power to urban consumers

Blaming the ruling Samajwadi Party for not fulfilling its promises in its election manifesto of providing compensation to farmers, six times the circle rate while acquiring their land, the BSP staged a walkout from the assembly during the question hour on Wednesday.

Replying to a question by BSP legislator Dr Dharampal Singh, revenue minister Shivpal Yadav informed the House that the Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 has been effective in Uttar Pradesh since January 1, 2014.

Singh cited that land is being acquired for four projects in Agra  — for a theme park, civil enclave, Lucknow-Agra expressway and Agra Inner Ring Road. “None of the farmers are getting six times the circle rate,” Singh said.

Shivpal Yadav in his reply said the rules for land acquisition are being framed and a committee has been formed  to monitor it.

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Leader of Opposition, Swami Prasad Maurya read out SP’s election manifesto of SP and said the government is not fulfilling its promise. Later, Maurya and his party MLAs staged a walk out from the Assembly protesting the state’s inaction.

At another question, BJP staged a walkout blaming the state government for providing costly power to urban consumers. Replying to a question by BJP’s Suresh Kumar Khanna, energy minister Yasir Shah said dues amounting to Rs 49,755.72 crore is pending on UP Power Corporation Limited which includes Rs 25,244.35 crore from bank, Rs 15,810.38 crore from mortgage, Rs 969.99 crore from HUDCO, Rs 3,726 crore from REC, Rs 3,755 crore from PFC and Rs 250 crore from Noida.

Responding to a supplementary question, Shah informed that the state is providing power to rural consumers at Rs 1 per unit at a fixed charge. He also said the average rate of power is Rs 4.94 per unit and the difference is to be paid by the state government. BJP’s Radhamohan Das Aggrawal said the state is not reimbursing the difference and urban consumers are facing the brunt. Failing to get a satisfactory reply, Aggrawal and other BJP legislators trooped into the well and later walked out.