Sunday, October 9th, 2011 | Posted by admin
Queen Of Corruption Mayawati Sacks Two More Corruption Tainted Ministers
LUCKNOW – A day after the Uttar Pradesh lokayukta indicted state
education minister Rangnath Mishra on corruption charges, chief
minister Mayawati on Wednesday sacked him and labour minister Badshah
Singh, who too is facing similar allegations. With these two, Mayawati
has removed five ministers, four since December 2010, following
allegations of financial wrongdoing.
Following a Lokayukta report, Mayawati had removed minister for animal
husbandry and dairy development Awadhpal Singh Yadav on August 16. She
had sacked religious endowment minister Rajesh Tripathi in December
2010. Earlier, former minister Ashok Kumar Dohre was also removed on
grounds of graft.
In May former minister Anand Sen got life imprisonment on murder charges.
Mishra has been charged with amassing illegal wealth and grabbing land
in village Aurai in Sant Ravidas Nagar (Bhadoi) during his last four
years in government while Badshah Singh faces similar charges in
Mayawati's 'operation clean-up' is being seen as a precursor to 2012
assembly elections. She has shown the door to more than 12 party
members including an MP, MLAs, MLCs and office bearers, in a little
more than a month. Three more ministers are likely to go. The
lokayukta is investigating corruption charges against higher education
minister Rakesh Dhar Tripathi, culture minister Subhash Pandey and
horticulture minister Narain Singh.
Though Lokayukta Justice (retd) NK Mehrotra favoured a probe by the
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against Mishra, the CM has
entrusted further investigation with the state vigilance organisation.
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) state president Swami Prasad Maurya said the
BSP was the only party that had taken stern action against its leaders
facing corruption and criminal charges. The opposition (the Congress,
BJP and Samajwadi Party), however, said it was not enough. "Mayawati
should also resign, as she faces similar charges," said Samajwadi
Party spokesman Rajendra Chaudhary.
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