More heads may to roll in UP

While Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati has set a dubious record of sacking 15 ministers in order to refurbish her image, more heads may roll ahead of the assembly polls.

Lucknow: While Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister
Mayawati has set a dubious record of sacking 15 ministers in
order to refurbish her image, more heads may roll ahead of the
assembly polls with as many as 13 ministers landing in the
Lokayukta net.

In the past four days alone, the Chief Minister has sacked
six of her ministers, many of whom were facing graft charges,
leaving 35 members in the Mayawati Ministry.

While Lokayukta Justice NK Mehrotra has already
recommended removal of small scale industry minister Chandra
Dev Ram Yadav finding him guilty of indulging in corrupt
practices, 13 ministers, including her close aide Naseemuddin
Siddiqui, are facing inquiry from the anti-graft ombudsman.

Besides, many of the 28 MLAs facing Lokayukta inquiry are
from the ruling BSP.

Yesterday, Mayawati sacked two ministers including
minister of state for alternative energy Akbar Hussain and
minister of state for science and technology Yashpal Singh on
charges of corruption and anti-party activities.

Earlier of Sunday, she had removed four ministers
including higher education minister Rakeshdhar Tripathi,
agriculture education and research minister, Rajpal Tyagi,
minister of state for backward welfare(independent charge)
Awdhesh Verma and minister of state for home guard Hari Om.

Though, Government did not give any reason for sacking
them, sources said that the step has been taken against these
ministers as they were mired in controversy involving
corruption charges.

Of the three, Rakeskdhar Tripathi is facing Lokayukta
probe in alleged cases of corruption.

Earlier, five ministers ministers including minister
of state for religious endowment Rajesh Tripathi, minister for
animal husbandary Avadhpal Singh , secondary education
minister Rangnath Misra, labour minister Badshah Singh and
Ambedkar village development minister Ratan Lal Ahirwar were
removed from their posts.

The NRHM scam and murder of two Chief Medical Officers and
a deputy CMO in jail earlier this year had led to removal of
two senior ministers -- Babu Singh Kushwaha, a close confidant
of the chief minister, and Anant Kumar Misra alias Antu.

Another minister Anand Sen Yadav was arrested after his
name cropped up in a rape and murder case while his colleague
Jamuna Prasad Nishad, who later died, was also shown the door
following a criminal case against him.

It will be a seven-phased poll in Uttar Pradesh between
February 4 and 28.

PTI

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