UP budget anti-farmer, anti-people: Opposition

Leaders of opposition parties in Uttar Pradesh termed Yogi Adityanath government’s maiden Budget of its second term as ‘anti-farmer’ and ‘anti-people’.

The saffron party led government was misleading people on issues like inflation and unemployement in the Assembly, Opposition MLAs said on Saturday.

A caste census should be conducted but no budgetary provision has been made for the exercise, said Suheldev Bahujan Samaj Party (SBSP) chief and former state minister Om Prakash Rajbhar.

He went on to say: “There was an allocation of Rs 200 crore under ‘Pichda Varg Shaadi Anudan’ for the marriage of daughters in the previous Budget, but the allocation in this year’s Budget is zero per cent. The OBC community should think. You form 52 per cent of the state’s population but there is zero balance (in the state coffers) for your daughters’ marriages.”

Samajwadi Party MLA from Katehari Laliji Verma dubbed the Budget as “anti-farmer, anti-employment and anti-women.”

“Facing the problems of inflation and unemployment, people had expected a the Budget to make life more convenient for them. Instead, it has only brought disappointment for every section of the society,” Congress MLA from Rampur Khas Aradhana Misra alleged.

Samajwadi Party (SP) chief and Leader of Opposition Akhilesh Yadav will be speaking on the Budget on Monday.