Lucknow: Stung by Chief Minister Mayawati`s
allegation that the attack on a minister in Uttar Pradesh was
the handiwork of mafia elements patronised by it, Samajwadi
Party today demanded a CBI inquiry into the case to expose the
"The attack on the minister is the result of internal
tussle among the BSP men over distribution of money earned
through illegal means and blaming SP for it is a desperate
attempt by the chief minister to divert attention," Leader of
Opposition in the Assembly Shivpal Singh Yadav said.
Casting doubts over the manner in which UP Police was
investigating the case, the SP leader demanded a CBI probe
into it, saying it would expose the real culprits as well as
the reasons behind the attack.
The SP leader questioned as to how the police has been
able to crack the complicated case in just four days when
murder and loot cases take years to solve.
"It is at the behest of the chief minister that the
police has completed the inquires hurriedly and SP leaders
were declared as culprits", Yadav said, adding that police has
not yet said anything on the reasons behind the attack.
"By taking the name of the SP MLA from Bahdohi Vijay
Mishra, police has tried to give a wrong direction to the
case", Yadav said alleging that Mishra had been framed as he
had resisted the pressures of BSP to join it .
Alleging that SP leaders and workers had all along been
at the receiving end of the chief minister`s ire, Yadav said
her allegation was an attempt to keep the criminals and inner
tussles in the BSP under wraps.
Hitting back at opposition parties, which had questioned
her handling of law and order in the wake of the attack on the
minister, Mayawati today alleged the incident was a desperate
act by mafia elements patronised by the Samajwadi Party.
"The attack on Minister Nand Kumar Gupta in Allahabad
is a fallout of desperation of criminals and mafias owing to
the crackdown launched by the state government against them,"
Mayawati said in her first comments on the Monday bomb attack.
The BSP supremo alleged that the involvement of SP MLA
Vijay Mishra in the Monday attack, that left one person dead
and two others, besides the Minister, injured, had made it
clear that Samajwadi Party "is entirely connected with
criminals and is patronising them".