Inherited corruption, don't blame me, says Mayawati
Express News Service Posted online: Sat Dec 17 2011, 04:40 hrs
Lucknow : Under attack from Opposition parties for corruption in her
government, Chief Minister Mayawati on Friday said she had inherited
corruption in her legacy but was doing her best to root it out.
She denied that her relatives had benefited from her government.
In a statement, read out on her behalf by Cabinet Secretary Shashank
Shekhar Singh, the Chief Minister dismissed the allegations as
"bizarre and baseless". Since the Opposition parties had no issue
against her government, they were levelling allegations against her
relatives as being part of a conspiracy, although she had always kept
her family members away from the government.
The Mayawati government has faced serious allegations of corruption in
NRHM, MGNREGS, land allotments in Noida and several other matters. BJP
national secretary Kirit Somaiya had alleged that Mayawati's brother
Anand Kumar was influencing land allotments and had floated more than
100 companies for money laundering.
Mayawati claimed that allotment of land in Noida had been made to
genuine persons, with full transparency and according to the law, and
no procedures had been compromised.
The cabinet secretary released an 84-page 'white paper' listing the
steps the government had taken for fixing accountability, ensuring
transparency and providing clean administration in "24 government
departments which are connected to the people".
"The opposition parties should read the white paper before making
false allegations against the state government. Then they will not get
a chance to raise a finger against the government," the cabinet
secretary said quoting the chief minister.
He did not take questions. Regarding privatisation of sugar mills, in
which there have been allegations of kickbacks, Mayawati said the
sugar mills had been running in loss before the formation of her
government. Her government had followed the Centre's guidelines and
suggestions in the privatisation process. Besides, the state cabinet
has approved a proper process for this.
As for the privatisation process in the power department, she said at
the time of her government's formation, the state had a requirement of
8,000 MW but the generation was only 4,000 MW. In the last four and a
half years, there has been an increase of 3,000 MW in power
generation, she said.
Mayawati said her government had demanded special packages for the
development of Bundelkhand and Poorvanchal regions, but the Centre did
not pay any heed while it cleared such packages for its allies in the
UPA. The Centre delayed no-objection certificates and environment
clearances for big infrastructure projects in the state, she said.
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