Wednesday, 8 January 2014

UP Delegation Leaves on 5-Nation Tour, Draws opposition's ire

Lucknow: A 17-member delegation of the Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday left for a five-nation tour from here, drawing criticism from opposition parties for undertaking the visit at a time when Muzaffarnagar riot victims were living in difficult circumstances in relief camps.

BJP and Congress accused the SP government of being interested only in "having fun" and not public service as they also slammed it for holding the extravagant Saifai Mahotsava at a time when people were dying of cold in the state.
The UP government delegation, consisting of eight members of the Akhilesh Yadav Cabinet, will go on a 20-day-long tour of Turkey, Netherlands, the UK, Greece and the UAE to study Parliamentary techniques in those countries, official sources said here.

Urban Development Minister Azam Khan, who is also incharge of Muzaffarnagar district, will lead the delegation comprising Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya, Ambika Chowdhury, Om Prakash Singh, Abhishek Mishra, Bhagwat Sharan Gangwar, Shiv Kumar Beria and Yogesh Singh, the sources said. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, State Assembly Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey, CLP leader Pradeep Mathur and Shivpal Yadav have opted out of the tour, they said.

Congress criticised the state government for sending the Ministers on foreign junket, saying it was busy in "fun and frolic" at a time when people were dying of cold in the state and situation of Muzaffarnagar riot victims was "pitiable".

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