SP and BJP walkout from UP Assembly over freedom fighters allowance

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Lucknow, Mar 3 (UNI) Opposition Samajwadi Party and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members staged a noisy walkout from the Uttar Pradesh Assembly after the government rejected their demand to continue the Loktantrik Senani allowance of Rs 1000 per month given to the people who were jailed under MISA and DIR during emergency rule in the country.

Leader of the opposition Mulayam Singh Yadav raised the issue through an adjournment motion demanding immediate payment of the allowance which was commenced by the previous SP government.

He said the scheme has been shelved only due to political rivalry as it was an honour for everyone to serve the people who had fought against the drocian law under the name of Emergency clamped in 1975.

Mr Yadav also mentioned that a dharna is being held in front of the assembly today lead by sitting Lok Sabha member from Saleempur, Harkevel Prasad for early restoration of the Loktrantrik Senani allowance.

Supporting the SP, BJP legislature party leader Om Prakash Singh said the issue was not of a single party as several leaders have faced hardship to protest against the Emergency. ''Government should immediately start this scheme to honour the people who had fought for restoration of the democracy,'' he asserted.

Mr Singh also mentioned that in Madhya Pradesh, the BJP government had introduced Rs 6000 per month allowance to the politicians who were jailed during emergency.

Replying on the motion, state parliamentary affairs minister Lalji Verma rejected the demand of the opposition members saying that the scheme was politically motiviated as it was launched at the time of elections.

He also mentioned that the BJP government in MP also introduced it just before the assembly elections.

With the reply of the minister, the SP and BJP members staged a noisy walkout raising slogans of anti-democratic approach of the state government.

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