Uttar Pradesh governor urges Opposition to end boycott and join budget debate

Ram Naik called on the opposition to engage in deliberations and contribute constructively to the debate in the House.

Published: 22nd July 2017 11:35 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd July 2017 11:35 PM   |  A+A-

UP governon Ram Naik (File | PTI)

Express News Service

LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh governor Ram Naik called on the state's Opposition parties to participate in the proceedings of the state Assembly instead of wasting the opportunity by boycotting the House.

He exhorted them to participate in the ongoing debate and discussions on the state budget, in the larger interest of people. 

Addressing journalists on the occasion of his completion of three in Raj Bhawan on Saturday, Naik called on the opposition to engage in deliberations and contribute constructively to the debate in the House.

Opposition parties including Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samajwadi Party, and the Congress have decided to boycott rest of the budget session protesting the alleged use of ‘unparliamentary’ language by chief minister Yogi on the floor of the House while delivering the budget speech.

Ram Naik said that he was of the firm view that while opposition should be given a fair chance to speak and express its views on public issues, the government should be allowed to deliver and function smoothly.

Naik also cautioned Adityanath government over deteriorating law and order situation in the state. He said there was scope for improvement and expressed hope that the chief minister was making efforts for the same.

Although the governor reminisced his cordial relationship with former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, he also made a point of his occasional reluctance to deal with cases of corruption.

He claimed that while the present dispensation has already started implementing the Lokayukta recommendations against the corruption in various departments, the Akhilesh Yadav government paid no attention to it.

The governor also presented an annual report card on his performance.

Ram Naik, who has held different offices since 1978, is the only political figure in the country who has released an annual report on his performance, without fail.

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