Amid the ongoing family feud between Congress MP Sanjay Sinh and his first wife Garima Singh, a minister in Akhilesh Yadav cabinet Sunday questioned the “Y-level security” to the former and his second wife Ameeta Sinh.
Mining and Minerals Minister Gayatri Prasad Prajapati also alleged that Sinh’s clan, including both his former and the present wives and his son, were living peacefully inside their palace and that the Congress MP “misguided the administration” to get the high-level security.
The security was given to Sanjay and Ameeta on September 14, the day a constable died outside Bhoopati Bhawan in Amethi following clash between public and police. The police had claimed that the crowd had gathered outside the palace in support of Sanjay Sinh’s first wife and son Anant Vikram Singh.
Prajapati said he will soon meet the Chief Minister to apprise him of the actual situation and demand for “investigation into the entire incident including involvement of Sanjay Sinh and his family in the killing of the constable”.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Prajapati, who was elected to the Assembly from Amethi by defeating then Congress sitting MLA Ameeta Sinh in 2012, said, “Both of them are befooling the public and the administration. They have misguided the administration to get the high-level security. All of them —- Sinh, his second wife Ameeta, first wife Garima and their son Anant and his family —- are living comfortably inside the palace. There is no threat to their life”.
On a door to door visit in Ramnagar village of Amethi, Prajapati further said he came to know about the truth only when he personally came here. “While all of them are safe inside their palace, it is the common public of Ramnagar, which has fled fearing risk to their lives and property”.
“Yahan virasat ki nahi, siyasat ki larai ho rahi hai (The fight is not for inheritance but for political gains),” said Prajapati adding that he will meet the CM and demand an investigation as “both of them are doing all this to get political mileage as after loosing from Amethi, Ameeta lost Sultanpur Lok Sabha polls as well”.
Meanwhile, Sanjay Sinh refuted the allegations and said it was sad and unfortunate that a cabinet minister “is talking so irresponsibly”. “It is he, who is misguided as he is questioning the decision of his own government to give us the security, which we had never asked for,” Sinh said adding that the minister should resign if he does not believe in the decisions of his own government.
The war of words between Sinh and Prajapati has put Amethi district administration and police in a tough spot, which is already finding it hard to manage the controversy surrounding the palace for past one week.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Hira Lal, Superintendent of Police, Amethi, said, “Sanjay and Ameeta Sinh have been given Y security, whereas one platoon of PAC, three sub-inspectors and 12 constables including four women constables have been deployed outside the palace after calculating the threat and risk perception. The assessment to give security is ours and no one can question it”.