The Uttar Pradesh Government is all set to face Opposition ire on issues ranging from law and order and Safai Festival to foreign trips of legislators, in the budget session beginning here on Wednesday.
With the Lok Sabha elections nearing, the Opposition is up in arms to nail the Samajwadi Party (SP) Government to extract political mileage in the run-up to the poll. However, to brace against the storm during the session, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has finalised the names of a group of ministers to give a befitting reply to the Opposition members.
Interestingly, the SP Government is not tabling an annual budget of the state, but plans to bring a vote-on-account. The state government is free to table its budget estimates for the fiscal 2014-15 even if the Lok Sabha elections are being held, but is favouring with a vote-on-account .
“The budget estimates for the next financial year would be tabled in the House post-Lok Sabha elections,” according to the government. “The SP is well aware of the fact that it is going to lose Parliament elections, so it would withdraw its populist schemes introduced recently and the final budget would be tabled then,” said BJP MLC Hridaya Narain Dixit.
He also said the state was already under a debt of over `2 lakh crore and had no funds for the developmental works, despite announcing a slewof populist schemes without financial support, said Dixit.
He also said the schemes such as distribution of free tabs to Class X students would be dumped once it loses polls.
“We will raise the issue of the alarming law and order situation and the way the SP goons have grabbed land in many places,” said Leader of the Opposition and BJP leader Swami Prasad Maurya.