Lucknow: Right after the UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi attacked the Mayawati government on all fronts, at a rally in Varanasi, the UP cabinet secretary Shashank Shekhar hit back and rubbished all the allegations leveled by Rahul Gandhi.
Shashank Shekhar said that as per the preliminary forensic reports received by the state government, not a single dead body was found in the ash pit as claimed by Rahul Gandhi. He said that the initial reports suggested that there were traces of burnt synthetic in the ashes but no traces of human bones or flesh were found.
As per the cabinet secretary, only four people had died in the clashes between the farmers and the administration in Bhatta-Parsaul village amongst which two were policemen and two were farmers. He also claimed that things were back to normal in Bhatta-Parsaul.
Dismissing the charges of rape alleged by Rahul Gandhi, the cabinet secretary said that there was no incident of women being ill-treated in Bhatta-Parsaul.
On the issue of section 144 being imposed in Bhatta-Parsaul village, the cabinet secretary clarified that the state administration was forced to take such a step as the opposition parties including the Congress were congregating in the area and inciting the crowd. He also accused the opposition of protecting the anti-social elements.
Replying to the charges of corruption and lawlessness leveled by the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi, Shashank Shekhar read out a message by Mayawati. He said that the CM believed that if the Congress, which has been in power for more number of years than any other party, had done their work properly then there would have been no need for the BSP to be formed.
As to the charges of central money not been used properly by the state government, leveled by Sonia Gandhi, the UP cabinet secretary said that Rs 21,835 crore cleared by the UPA government for the state had not yet reached them.
On the issue of dynastic politics, Shashank Shekhar said that unlike other parties, the BSP leader had kept her family away from politics and the party believed in the legacy of their leader Kashiram which was to serve the people of the state and work for their upliftment.