Allahabad: A probe has been ordered by the
Uttar Pradesh government into the alleged misuse of public
funds for building parks and memorials during the Mayawati
rule, a top leader of ruling Samajwadi Party on Sunday said and
warned no leniency would be shown in taking action against the
"During the Assembly elections, the Samajwadi Party had
promised the people of UP that upon being voted to power it
would bring to book all those responsible for the large-scale
misuse of public funds in the name of building parks and
memorials in places like Lucknow and Noida.
"We have started acting in this direction by getting the
matter investigated. We will show no leniency in taking
action against those found guilty," SP leader and PWD minister
Shivpal Singh Yadav told reporters on the sidelines of a
He said, "We will not hesitate in sending the culprits to
jail, no matter how highly-placed they had been. If the former
Chief Minister and members of her cabinet are found to be at
fault, we will not think twice before acting against them."
He claimed that the repair of roads was taking place at a
very brisk pace and "in the next two-three months potholes
will vanish from the state".
Expressing concern over the rape of three minor girls at
a city-based juvenile home, which had come to light recently,
the minister said "strongest possible action will be taken
against those who are found responsible for such a lapse".
He, however, declined to comment on the recent spat
between cabinet colleague Mohd Azam Khan and the Shahi Imam of
Jama Masjid Syed Bukhari.