Wed, 04 Jul 2012 13:36:24 GMT | By PTI

Akhilesh withdraws Rs 20-lakh car bonanza for MLAs

Lucknow: Under attack from the Opposition, UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav today made a U-turn on his decision to allow MLAs to purchase four-wheelers worth up to Rs. 20 lakh out of their local area development fund.

Akhilesh withdraws Rs 20-lakh car bonanza for MLAs

"I take back the decision now. I take back the whole decision... The reason behind this is that most of the MLAs have decided not to take the offer after the media hype," he told reporters at his residence here.

Seeking to defend the move to allow MLAs to buy four-wheelers worth upto Rs. 20 lakh and pay their depreciated value after five years to retain them, he said, "There are many MLAs who can't afford cars...The order was not for all, it was not compulsory for everyone to take the offer.

"There are some MLAs who use 7-8 year old cars to go around their constituencies," he noted.

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