Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had earlier ordered a high-level probe during a review meeting on April 1 after it was found that only 60 per cent work on the project was complete even as 90 per cent of the funds had been exhausted.
“The BJP government is responsible for the security lapse which led to the recovery of the white powder from the Assembly and it is now playing politics over the issue,” the former chief minister told reporters in Kannauj.
Opposition’s presidential nominee Meira Kumar today met Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav separately during her day-long visit to the state capital in Lucknow.
According to the order, till now, Akhilesh had a Prado (bullet-proof) and five Isuzu SUVs in his fleet. Now, his three Isuzu SUVs have been replaced by Ambassador cars. He is left with two SUVs, Ambassador cars and the Prado.
“The reality of BJP is coming to the fore. It has made people’s life difficult with demonetisation and GST implementation. GST is only for benefit of big traders. It appears that BJP will use ‘mantras’ to resolve people’s problems and not take real steps,” Akhilesh Yadav said.
NDA partner TDP showcased UPA’s MGNREGA project as the best practice
Officials said the state government may decide to stop projects where work is yet to begin on the ground or if work has not progressed much.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s office has received a recommendation to order the “special audit” on costs incurred to build the Janeshwar Mishra Park and Jai Prakash Narayan International Centre (JNIPC), and development of the Hussainabad area in Lucknow’s old city.
As Adityanath government announces plans to demolish cycle tracks laid by previous SP regime, ground reality throws up questions about whether it was worth the crores spent on it.
“Demolition of cycle tracks would lead to increase in cases of road accidents and government would surely have to face jan akrosh,” said Akhilesh’s official statement.
Principal Secretary, Information, Avneesh Awasthi, confirmed that the chief minister had said he would be using the old cars and that there was no need to buy new vehicles.
“We will demolish cycle tracks in the state which are unused and are causing traffic congestion. The demolition process will begin shortly from Bareilly,” Urban Development Minister Suresh Kumar Khanna said.
To a query by activist Nutan Thakur, the UP Gau Sewa Aayog replied that from 2012 to 2017, it sanctioned Rs 9.66 crore, of which Rs 8.35 crore (86.4 per cent) went to Jeev Ashraya, the NGO run by Aparna Yadav. She is wife of Akhilesh Yadav’s step brother.
BJP sources involved with the Kovind’s campaign said they expected some lawmakers from the SP to vote for him. With the Mayawati-led BSP staring at an uncertain future, some of its law-makers too can defy her support for the opposition’s candidate Kumar and instead vote for Kovind.
“Netaji (Mulayam Singh Yadav) is not angry with uncle Ramgopal. He is angry with me. Hence, he did not turn up at today’s event,” Akhilesh said, while referring to absence of the SP patriarch from the birthday celebrations. Shivpal Singh Yadav did not attend the event.