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UP CM presents supplementary budget amidst Oppn sloganeering

Lucknow: In the last session of the present Assembly, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday tabled second supplementary budget and sought Vote on Account for the first five months of next financial year amid the Opposition sloganeering.

Akhilesh, who is also the finance minister of the state, tabled the second supplementary budget of Rs 1,683 crore for the current financial year amidst Opposition party shouting slogans since the morning.

He also sought a Vote on Account of Rs 1.35 lakh crore for the first five months of the financial year 2017-2018 in proportion to the estimated budget size of Rs 3.64 lakh crore.

Earlier in the day, Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey had to adjourn the House for entire question hour after Opposition, including the BJP and BSP, created pandemonium demanding resignation of Parliamentary Affairs Minister Azam Khan over controversial remarks on Bulandshahr gang rape and dismal law and order.

The situation did not change even after the Assembly reassembled and before it was adjourned for the day, the CM hurriedly tabled supplementary budget and interim budget and the house paid tributes to its former chief minister Ram Naresh Yadav, who died following prolonged illness last month.

Interestingly, the CM who plans to contest the coming elections on the plank of development has proposed Rs 1,000 crore for land acquisition and construction of Samajwadi Purvanchal Expressway project between Lucknow and Ghazipur and another Rs 4,500 crore for other state roads in the supplementary budget.

Besides, Rs 100 crore have been proposed for strengthening the publicity set-up of the state’s information department and Rs 6 crore for additional construction at Mohammad Ali Jauhar University in Azam Khan’s native Rampur.

PTI