Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday withdrew his decision to allow MLAs and MLCs to spend up to Rs 20 lakh from their local area development fund to buy vehicles for personal use,a day after making the announcement.
A decision was taken yesterday. This was my decision… I take back the decision, Yadav told reporters here,adding that adverse reports in the media and criticism by MLAs had prompted the rollback. Many legislators are not in favour of using the fund for buying vehicles, he said.
Akhilesh said he believed the government should accept good suggestions in a democracy. However,he defended his decision,saying he wanted to help legislators who could not afford to buy a vehicle to stay in touch with their area,and that it wasnt compulsory for them to do so. The BJP,BSP,Congress and RLD had all opposed the move,adding their MLAs would not use money for buying cars.
Just last month,the SP government had been forced to do a U-turn within 24 hours on another order,seeking that shops and restaurants shut down early in view of the power shortage in the state.