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UP Budget a deceit, says SP's Lalji Verma; Finance Minister asks him to keep facts right

The Yogi Adityanath government on Thursday presented its maiden Budget of the second term with a focus on education, employment, empowerment of women and farmers besides law and order.

Published: 28th May 2022 06:59 PM  |   Last Updated: 28th May 2022 06:59 PM   |  A+A-

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath with state Finance Minister Suresh Kumar Khanna before the presentation of the State Budget 2022-23. (Photo | PTI)

By PTI

LUCKNOW: Senior Samajwadi Party leader Lalji Verma on Saturday termed the Uttar Pradesh Budget presented by the BJP government a "deceit", prompting Finance Minister Suresh Khanna to intervene and ask the Opposition leader to get his facts right.

The Yogi Adityanath government on Thursday presented its maiden Budget of the second term with a focus on education, employment, empowerment of women and farmers besides law and order.

The Budget is seen as a masterstroke by the government towards realising the dream of achieving a USD 1 trillion economy for Uttar Pradesh.

The Rs 6,15,518.97 crore Budget has a provision of Rs 39,181 crore for new schemes.

Finance minister Suresh Khanna said the current Budget is bigger than the previous Budget by Rs 65,249 crores.

Participating in the discussion on the Budget in the state Assembly, Lalji Verma said, "Like the Budgets of the past five years, this Budget is also a deceit. It is a Budget, which is misleading people."

"The government is terming it as the biggest Budget but it is far from reality. How much the Budget is implemented is to be seen and only then the complete picture will emerge," he added.

Verma also gave year-wise date of previous Budgets presented by the BJP government and claimed that the amount earmarked for them could not be spent.

"If the supplementary Budget is combined for 2021-22, then it comes to Rs 5.85 lakh crore. But, the amount spent was Rs 4.84 crore," he said.

Verma, a former state finance minister, claimed that merely 45-70 per cent of the Budget allotted to some departments could be spent.

"This is a hollow Budget," Verma said.

Following this, Finance Minister Suresh Khanna intervened and asked Verma to get his facts right.

Khanna said if for 2021-2022, the supplementary budget is combined, then it comes to Rs 5.66 lakh crore.

Speaking in support of the Budget, Siddharth Nath Singh of the BJP termed the Budget "historic".

About 65-70 per cent people in UP live in villages and if they are left out of the debate on economy, then it is not good, he said.

"After coming to power in 2017, the Yogi Adityanath government started one district, one product scheme," he said.

Taking a jibe at the SP, Singh said, "Those who knew the art of making item using clay, you taught them illegal sand mining."

He also described the Budget as a "masterstroke", and the one in which care has been taken for every section of society.

Leader of Congress Legislature Party Aradhana Mishra 'Mona' said the Budget is built on the foundation of lies and at every step, people are being misguided.

"Every effort has been to mislead people. People are facing tough times due to the price rise. People are feeling cheated. It is sad that the promises, which were made in the elections, the government is unable to fulfil," she said.

Leader of Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) Om Prakash Rajbhar accused the government of ignoring the interests of the backward class and urged that a caste census should be conducted.

Allies of the BJP--Apna Dal (Sonelal) and NISHAD party--praised the Budget, while the Rashtriya Lok Dal, an ally of the Samajwadi Party, said it does not have any provision for farmers.

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