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BJP takes on Akhilesh Yadav over Bundelkhand drought relief fund

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav addresses a press conference after cabinet meeting  in Lucknow, on March 14, 2016. (Photo: IANS)

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav addresses a press conference after cabinet meeting in Lucknow, on March 14, 2016. (Photo: IANS)

With Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls due in 2017 the war of words between the BJP and SP has begun in right earnest. Mounting an attack on the SP government the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)  accused Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav of trying to “usurp the credit of good governance” of the Narendra Modi government.

BJP state unit spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said the drought relief material which the state government was distributing in Bundelkhand was of the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF).

Around 75 percent share of the relief fund was of the central government and 25 percent of the state, Pathak said.

“Is it prudent that in such a scenario pictures of Akhilesh Yadav are stamped on the bag and of Prime Minister Narendra Modi missing,” the BJP spokesman said, alleging that Akhilesh was trying to take credit of the work initiated by the central government.

However, a state government spokesman said the funds coming from the NDRF were only for a period of three months and the state government had taken a suo moto initiative to distribute the relief material in drought-hit region round the year.

“Before accusing the state government of any wrong doing and trying to come across as extra-caring about Bundelkhand, the BJP needs to explain why our Rs.7,000 crore Bundelkhand package demand has not been met by the NDA government,” a senior official told IANS.

He also said that the state government was doing “some serious and compassionate work” at the instructions of the chief minister. (IANS)

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