The leaders of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress charged Akhilesh Yadav-led government of misleading the House and the citizens on providing uninterrupted power supply to the state. JPN/Agencies
During the question hour, BSP's Dharampal Singh alleged that despite Supreme Court's orders of uninterrupted power supply to the Taj Trapezium Zone (TTZ) there were four to five hours of power outages daily and sought a reply from the government on the same.
Minister of State for Power Yasir Shah in his reply to the supplementary question said that barring local faults, 24 hours power supply is being ensured to the TTZ.
Congress leader Pradip Mathur expressed dissatisfaction over Shah's reply, saying that tourists in Agra and Mathura face immense problems because of the power outages and staged a walkout from the House.
Leader of Opposition Swami Prasad Maurya also hit out at the government, saying there were power cuts continuously for two hours in rural areas and district headquarters and even the state capital Lucknow was facing severe outages.
Maurya alleged that the government was presenting "wrong facts" and "misleading" people, and led his party members out of the House amid anti-government sloganeering.
BJP leader Satish Mahana alleged that the government was giving false assurances and was not in a position to supply power and staged a walkout with his party members.
To a question by BJP MLAs Suresh Kumar Khanna, Laxmikant Bajpai and Dalbir Singh of RLD on whether the government has any effective policy to check rising crime in the state, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Azam Khan on behalf of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav gave an account of the steps initiated by the government.
Khanna in his supplementary question said that the police stations in the state were not functioning in a judicious manner while Laxmikant Bajpai said that 86 cases have been reported after the Badaun incident.
Bajpai further asked for the effectiveness of the 1090 helpline service for women, the ambitious scheme of Akhilesh Yadav launched to check crime against women.
Khan, in his reply, said that the government is sensitive towards this problem and for better working of police stations it has to be ensured that SIs and constables on duty do not consume liquor.
Presenting the figures of the National Crime Records Bureau, Khan said Uttar Pradesh was placed at 25th, Madhya Pradesh at third and Rajasthan at fourth in crime rate and also cited crime figures of the state under the regime of Mayawati, Rajnath Singh and Kalyan Singh.
There were some heated exchanges with Khan, who asked the BJP to look at rape and other crimes taking place in BJP-ruled Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. He pointed out that a Central Minister was facing rape charges and a BJP Chief Minister was facing inquiry.
The leaders of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress charged Akhilesh Yadav-led government of misleading the House and the citizens on providing uninterrupted power supply to the state.