Lucknow: Union minister Kapil Sibal on Friday ridiculed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati for "remaining ignorant" of corruption by her ministers for full five years
and coming to know about it only at election time.
"It is surprising that when the entire country was aware of corruption in her government, she remained ignorant during her full five-year term and today when elections have been announced she has come to know of it," he told reporters here.
The HRD Minister said the rate at which he has removed 12 ministers, by the time elections are held all the remaining ones might also be sacked on corruption charges and Mayawati might find herself alone in the ministry.
Sibal was here on way to Gorakhpur to participate in a programme but could not proceed due to bad weather.
Terming the BSP government as the most tainted, he said corruption has been made an election issue by the people who had been at the receiving end during the past 20 years by every political permutation and combination in Uttar Pradesh.
The state has got one corrupt government after the other in these 20 years, he said adding people of the state are tired of these parties and have made up their minds to repose faith in the Congress.
Attacking the Chief Minister, Sibal alleged that one-third of the state`s budget has been spent by her on statues while Rs 12 crore has been spent on her own residence.
Though funds were required in drought-prone Bundelkhand region, the money was spent on her statues, he alleged.