Allahabad: In an apparent bid to salvage its
image ahead of the next year`s UP Assembly polls, ruling BSP has decided not to field Higher Education Minister Rakesh Dhar
Tripathi against whom allegations of corruption have been
The party will not be giving ticket to Tripathi who represents Handia Assembly seat, BSP`s district unit president Deep Chandra Gautam said.
Gautam said the announcement that Tripathi will not be contesting from Handia in the next Assembly polls, was made yesterday itself at a function organised here on the occasion
of the fifth death anniversary of BSP founder Kanshi Ram.
The decision comes in the wake of the state Lokayukta
already recommending the dismissal of several ministers
recently following which they were made to resign.
"The announcement was made by the party`s zonal
coordinator Satya Narain Jaisal in the presence of the
minister himself, who in turn declared that he respected the
decision of the party high command and would continue to work
as a loyal functionary," the district BSP president said.
Tripathi had quit the BJP to join the BSP barely a year
ahead of the 2007 Assembly polls, which saw Mayawati coming to
power with an absolute majority. He was then inducted into the
cabinet and made the Minister for Higher Education.
Tripathi`s ministerial stint has been mired in controversies.
At present, the Lokayukta is investigating complaints of
corruption against Tripathi, even as two other members of the
cabinet - Secondary Education Minister Rangnath Mishra and
Labour Minister Badshah Singh - were removed last week
following the ombudsman`s adverse reports against them.
Earlier, minister Awadh Pal Singh had met a similar fate.
Gautam has, however, said that the party is likely field
the minister`s nephew Pankaj Tripathi.
Pankaj had earlier been projected as the BSP candidate
for the mayoral polls, which were scheduled to be held in
November, but now appear to be in limbo as the government is
yet to accord its approval to the state election commission
for the same.