TDP stages walkout over neglect of BC

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Hyderabad, Feb 27: Members of the main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) today staged a walkout from the Andhra Pradesh Assembly in protest against the alleged neglect of Backward Classes by the Congress government.

Leader of the opposition N Chandrababu Naidu, led his party colleagues out of the House after alleging that the Congress government was suppressing the Backward Classes 'politically, socially and economically.' After promising to spend Rs 1,350 crore on the implementation of Rajiv Abhyudaya Yojana scheme, the government had hardly spent Rs 15 lakh, Mr Naidu said.

CPI floor leader Ch Venkat Reddy and CPI-M floor leader N Narasimhiah also registered their party's protest over the alleged neglect of Backward Classes, which constituted 50 per cent of the state population.

Later, denying the opposition charge, the Backward Classes Welfare Minister Mukesh Goud said BCs were sanctioned Rs 22.72 lakh of the Rs 46 lakh pensions, 8.10 lakh houses of the total 16.78 lakh houses under the Indramma scheme, besides providing over Rs 4,250 crore bank linkages to 30 lakh BC women under the Indra Kranti scheme.

The minister also said the government had allocated Rs 2,500 crore for the welfare of BCs during its rule as against Rs 1,800 crore during the nine years of previous TDP regime.

UNI

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