Lucknow: Union Minister Kapil Sibal on Friday
questioned Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati`s silence on
the mysterious death of yet another man connected with the
NRHM scam and demanded a CBI probe into all related cases to
bring out the truth.
"The death of Mahendra Sharma, the fifth victim of the
NRHM scam, indicates that someone somewhere wants to keep the
facts hidden and we demand that a CBI probe be ordered into
all the five related cases so that the entire reality could
reach the people," Sibal told newspersons here.
Stating that the body of Sharma, reported missing on
February 7 was found on February 16, the Union HRD minister
asked as to why the CM was still silent over the issue.
He said now that everyone knows a scam took place in
NRHM in UP, it was more important to find out whether there is
an attempt to keep the facts under wraps with murders taking
place... to find out "if it is the corruption of any former
Sibal also questioned as to how the UP government is
functioning with about 60 per cent of its ministers either
dismissed or found guilty by the Lokayukt in its inquiry.
"Of the total strength of 52, 21 have already been
dismissed and around ten others have been found guilty in the
eyes of the Lokayukt`, he said adding that those left in the
government have been given ten to 12 departments with one
(excise minister) having 18 portfolios.
"We want to take this issue to the people and tell them
this is the kind of governance in the state.
Presenting statistics, he said under the MNREGS in some
districts 90 per cent job card holders are still jobless and
there are incidents of payment made for 403 days in one year.
"In Auraiya district, a brick costing Rs six has been
purchased for Rs 365 and payment of Rs 2 crore has been
made for 60,000 bricks," he said.