Lucknow: Stating that the sacking of two
ministers, who were under Lokayukta scanner, was "not enough",
the Opposition in UP on Wednesday demanded that Chief Minister
Mayawati should also quit as she faces "similar charges".
"The dismissal of two ministers is not sufficient.
Inquiry should also be conducted against Mayawati who is also
facing similar charges and she should immediately resign from
the post", Samajwadi Party spokesman Rajendra Chaudhary said.
"Singling out ministers is not enough when their
leader (chief minister) has herself declared that her assets
have grown from Rs 18 crore to Rs 300 crore during a span of
mere six years without any major source of income," Chaudhary
said and alleged that BSP government has continuously giving
"a bad name" to the state.
BJP spokesman Vijay Pathak said that there should not
be different yardsticks for ministers and chief minister.
"When Rangnath Misra and Badshah Singh have been
removed from their posts on corruption charges to ensure free
and fair inquiry, continuance of Mayawati, who also faces
similar charges, on the post is unethical," Pathak said.
The BJP spokesman also demanded that all ministers in
Mayawati government declare their assets immediately and
claimed that most of them "have come under cloud".
Congress spokesman Subodh Srivasatav said that though
some ministers have been dismissed, "the real source of
corruption in Uttar Pradesh is the chief minister for whom all
of them are collecting funds through illegal means".
"They (ministers) are merely keeping a part of what
they had collected for the chief minister and so action
against just of couple of them is insufficient," Srivastava
said while terming the dismissal of ministers as a "drama".
He said that it is time that state should get rid of this