BJP alleges anomalies in selection of Lohia villages
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BJP members raised the issue of alleged anomalies in the selection of Lohia villages during Zero Hour in the Assembly today. BJP leader Hukum Singh alleged that norms for selection of Lohia villages were changed several times and finally it was decided that ministers in charge of every district would finalise the list.
"We have incidents where this norm was not followed. In Gonda the names of two villages were changed even after in-charge minister Awadesh Prasad had signed the list," Hukum claimed. He showed the lists with changes in the names of villages.
Minister of state (independent charge) for rural engineering Rajinder Singh Rana replied that the list was prepared following all norms. "We take into account the backwardness of the village as barometer for selection. If there is any anomaly, we will probe it," he said.
BJP's Suresh Kumar Khanna said that CM Akhilesh Yadav had announced on July 3 on the floor of the House that recommendations of the Opposition legislators would be taken into consideration while finalising the list of Lohia villages. "At least the CM should honour his announcement," he said. Opposition leaders too supported him, claiming they were not consulted in selecting the Lohia villages.
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