UP Assembly passes budget for 76 departments in 15 minutes as Opposition boycotts proceedings

With the entire opposition absent from the proceedings, the UP assembly passed the budget worth several hundred crores for 76 departments in merely 15 minutes.

IANS July 22, 2017 09:10:02 IST
UP Assembly passes budget for 76 departments in 15 minutes as Opposition boycotts proceedings

Lucknow: With the entire opposition absent from the proceedings of the budget session in Uttar Pradesh assembly for the second consecutive day, the budget worth several hundred crores of 76 departments was passed on Friday in merely 15 minutes.

The Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Congress and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) are keeping away from the proceedings after a vitriolic attack from Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday.

Tearing into the opposition, he warned them not to preach, as if he opens his mouth, many opposition leaders would not have a place to hide. Taking umbrage to this, the opposition had announced boycott of the assembly proceedings.

UP Assembly passes budget for 76 departments in 15 minutes as Opposition boycotts proceedings

File image of Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha in Lucknow. PTI

The budget was passed without any supplementaries or any debate. Fourteen questions were put from the treasury benches and they were responded to in 15 minutes and the budget passed.

A motion was moved in the House to congratulate Ram Nath Kovind for his election as the 14th President of India.

Parliamentary affairs minister Suresh Khanna also rebutted charges by the opposition, given to the media, that the Chief Minister was unparliamentary in his language and had threatened the opposition benches.

The budget session was to conclude on 28 July but chances are high now that it might be curtailed to 24 July.

The House was adjourned on Friday till Monday and it is expected that on that day, the budget of remaining departments, including Home, will be presented and passed.

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