Price rise: SP members walkout from UP Legislative Council

Blaming the Centre and the state government for price rise, Samajwadi Party members on Wednesday staged a walkout from the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council.

Lucknow: Blaming the Centre and the state
government for price rise, Samajwadi Party members on Wednesday
staged a walkout from the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council.

The issue was raised by opposition parties, including
SP, Rashtriya Lok Dal, BJP and the Congress, through an
adjournment motion during zero hour and they demanded a debate
on it.

The opposition alleged the Centre and the state were
engaged in a blame game and merely passing the buck instead of
taking some concrete measures to check rising prices.

Leader of the Opposition Ahmad Hasan alleged that no
effective measure was being taken either by the Centre or the
state as prices of essential commodities, especially
foodgrains have increased substantially.

Leader of the House Swami Prasad Maurya alleged that
price rise was mainly due to wrong economic and import
policies of the Centre.

"Chief Minister Mayawati is sensitive towards the
issue and had repeatedly warned the Centre to take timely
corrective measures," he said.

He said that while directives have been issued to take
stern action against hoarders and blackmarketeers, the
government was making effort to provide foodgrains, especially
pulses, at cheaper rates.

"The government is in the process of getting 7,500
MT pulses," he said.

Earlier, opposition members forced adjournment of
Question Hour and jumped into the well of the House on the
price rise issue.

On whether SP will withdraw its outside support to the
UPA-II, Mohan Singh said a decision on this will be taken

"One person, without taking the party`s opinion, had gone
ahead and announced SP`s support to the UPA-II. We don`t want
to trivialise the party by taking back the support hurriedly.
Such decisions take time," he said.

On Amar Singh`s charge that he had been with several
parties, he said he never changed parties individually.

"My decision to go along with Janata Party and later with
Janata Dal was taken collectively along with Mulayam Singh
Yadav and others. I never changed parties individually."

He said with the inclusion of new general secretaries in
the party and new parliamentary board members, SP will try to
bring back old socialists.

On whether the party will try to woo Raj Babbar, who is
now a Congress MP, Singh refused to comment but added that
Babbar has always been a socialist and an old colleague.

Asked to comment on Amar Singh`s opinion of trifurcating
UP including creation of a separate state of Purvanchal, he
made it clear that the SP chief is opposed to any such move.

On why SP supported Congress on the nuclear deal, he said,
"We never supported Congress but a coalition which was led by
the Congress party which had its own common minimum programme.
We supported the UPA on the issue to prevent the government
from falling."

Asked whether he had spoken to Amar Singh today on the
occasion of his birthday, Mulayam Singh Yadav said, "I had
phoned him in the morning and wished him."


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