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SP MLAs to give Rs 10 lakh each to U’Khand

Lucknow: All Samajwadi Party (SP) legislators of Uttar Pradesh have pledged to give Rs 10 lakh each from their constituency development funds to Uttarakhand for relief work.

The announcement was made after Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav donated one month's salary to the calamity-hit state.

"This is a tragedy that has pained all of us no ends and we are duty bound to give the most we can to the people of Uttarakhand to help them come back to normal life," Akhilesh Yadav said in a statement.

The SP has 224 legislators in the 403-member state assembly. The Uttar Pradesh government has already given Rs 25 crore to Uttarakhand government to help people hit by flash floods and rains and has also ordered release of the pending Rs 350 crore against payment of pensions during the time the states were one.

The Chief Minister also said that whatever else needs to be done will be done for the state and teams of doctors and other necessary material was on standby and available to be used by the Uttarakhand government.

Akhilesh Yadav is said to have delayed his programme to tour Uttarakhand as he feels that this could hamper the ongoing relief and evacuation operations.

(Agencies)

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