Lucknow: Dismissing Rahul Gandhi`s criticism of corruption in Mayawati government as a "drama", BJP on Saturday challenged the Congress leader to get an inquiry initiated against the ruling BSP in Uttar Pradesh.
"It would be better if Rahul, instead of indulging in
drama saying elephant in Lucknow is eating away funds in UP,
get an inquiry initiated against the Mayawati government on
corruption charges," BJP national secretary Kirit Somaiya told
In an apparent reference to the ruling BSP, Rahul had
recently said in a poll rally that an "elephant" in Lucknow
was eating away all the money sent by the Centre for the poor
in Uttar Pradesh.
Somaiya said if Rahul was unable to get an inquiry
conducted against the Mayawati government for corruption, "he
should honestly accept that Congress and BSP have a political
understanding between them".
The BJP leader also criticised state Cabinet Secretary
Shashankh Shekhar Singh, who had yesterday released a white
paper of Uttar Pradesh government on functioning of 24 key
departments, saying, "He is an official and should therefore
keep himself away from political matters."
"It is not right for an official to conduct press
conferences on behalf of the chief minister to give
clarifications," he said.