Lucknow: In further embarrassment for Chief
Minister Mayawati, Uttar Pradesh Lokayukta has now recommended
removal of a junior minister, the fifth member of her ministry
to be indicted by the anti-corruption ombudsman.
Mayawati has already sacked four tainted ministers --
Rajesh Tripathi, Awadhpal Singh, Badshah Singh and Rangnath
Mishra -- on the recommendation of the Lokpal, in an apparent
clean-up exercise ahead of the assembly polls due next year.
Lokayukta Justice N K Mehrotra, in his report sent to the
to Chief Minister, today recommended removal of Minister of
State for Ambedkar Gram Vikas department Ratan Lal Ahirwar
after indicting him on charges of misusing his local area
development fund and encroaching on village land.
It also sought recovery of funds allocated to a school run
by his trust.
Justice Mehrotra said Ahriwar should be removed from the
post as the case cannot be finalised if he continues to be
It also recommended that action be taken against
officials, including the then divisional commissioner of
Jhansi, Sovaran Singh Yadav, who had released funds to the
A complaint was also lodged against the Minister by one
Kamlapat Rai of Jhansi district, accusing him of encroaching
Gram Samaj land for constructing a college building and
misuing his office.
Meanwhile, the BJP demanded that Ahriwar be sacked
immediately while the SP said the Governor should recommend
dismissal of Mayawati government.
"Once the Lokayukta has recommended action against the
minister, he should be immediately sacked from the ministry by
Chief Minister Mayawati as there are serious charges against
him," BJP spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said.
Alleging that 40 per cent of ministers were facing inquiry
by the UP Lokayukta, SP spokesman Rajendra Chaudhary said,
"The list of inquiry by Lokayukta is increasing day by day.
The Governor should take cognisance of the situation and
recommend dismissal of the government."