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BJP stages walkout as Uttranchal Assembly budget session starts

Written by: Staff
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Dehra Dun, Mar 23 (UNI) The Uttaranchal Assembly witnessed uproarious scenes with the opposition BSP and Uttrakhand Kranti Dal (UKD) staging a sit-in and the BJP walking out on separate issues, as the Budget session got underway today.

Speaker Yashpal Arya has to adjourn the House for an hour.

While the BSP MLAs wanted a discussion on Hardwar and Udhamsingh Nagar not being declared drought hit areas and the leaking of excise policy even before its official promulgation, the UKD members wanted discussion on the ''faulty'' policy of the state government on state agitationists.

Repeated efforts by the the Speaker to pacify the agitating members went in vain as the BSP and UKD members staged a sit-in in the well of the House.

The BJP staged a walk out demanding a discussion on the alleged leak of the excise policy. The Speaker adjourned the House till 1200 hrs.

Kazi Nizzamuddin (BSP) alleged a draft of license fee for the bidding of liquor shop came to light a few days ago, even before the excise policy was promulgated by the government. Terming it a breach of oath of post and secrecy on part of the concerned Minister, the BSP members gathered in the well of the House.

Some BJP members, joining issue with them, said the license fee for the bidding for liquor shops for the year 2006-07 was decided by the government in a cabinet meeting held on March 3, but before its public promulgation, 23206 bidders had already prepared the draft.

Chief Minister N D Tiwari was not present in the House.

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