No starvation deaths in Bundelkhand-UP govt:Cong,SP walksout

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Lucknow, Feb 28 (UNI) Uttar Pradesh government today reiterated that there was not a single starvation death in the drought-hit Bundelkhand region though they admitted deaths of 68 people there due to other reasons.

Replying to a question of SP member Naresh Agarwal in the state assembly, state revenue and relief minister Phagu Chouhan said that there was no official report of any starvation deaths in Bundelkhand.

SP and Congress members staged a noisy walkout separately over the question when the treasury bench refused to take the congnisance of the opposition claiming deaths of over 100 people due to starvation in the drought hit Bundelkhand region in the recent past.

The minister made it clear that the investigation ordered in the 68 deaths revealed that there was not a single case of starvation.

''Several of the death cases particularly suicides were due to mental illness,'' the treasury bench claimed.

Raking up the issue, Mr Agarwal maintained that over 100 people alone in Mahoba have died due to starvation while Congress legislature party leader Pramod Tiwari alleged that the government was covering up the starvation deaths.

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