Siddiqui puts SP on backfoot over graft

The ruling Samajwadi Party was put on the backfoot by Leader of Opposition Naseemuddin Siddiqui during the debate on the Governor’s address in the Vidhan Parishad on Friday.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Lucknow | Published: June 2, 2012 3:37 am

The ruling Samajwadi Party was put on the backfoot by Leader of Opposition Naseemuddin Siddiqui during the debate on the Governor’s address in the Vidhan Parishad on Friday.

Responding to allegations of corruption against the previous Mayawati government,Siddiqui said that several private firms in which “Netaji’s (Mulayam Singh Yadav) family members” had a stake had been pocketing money through PWD contracts when the SP was in power before 2007.

Siddiqui pointed out that Jogendra Construction Company in Etah had a turnover of Rs 2,300 crore during the three-and-a-half-year tenure of the previous SP regime and Rajeev Construction Company had a turnover of Rs 1,800 crore. One Bihari Construction Company,which is owned by “the driver of the younger brother”,had a turnover of Rs 1,300 crore. Similarly,he mentioned Magrani Construction Company and Rameshwar Yadav Construction Company.

When the SP members objected to the allegations,Siddiqui said,“Remember,I have been PWD minister and I possess all records. If you people are so interested,I can substantiate my words with documents.”

This silenced SP members and Siddiqui continued with his speech,“I have been hearing that the previous (BSP) government was engaged in corruption. Now I think I shall also give some good examples. Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones at others.”

Siddiqui mentioned cases of alleged rape and murder against BSP sympathisers while questioning the government’s claim of restoring law and order in the state. He addressed the leader of the House Ahmed Hasan,Health Minister,as Chachajan,leading to some lighter moments in the House.

Questioning the claim made in the governor’s address that representation had been given to all communities in the ministry,Siddiqui asked how many ministers from backward communities like Kushwaha,Maurya,Saini and Shakya were included.

Mayawati govt spent over Rs 121 cr on ads

Lucknow: The previous Mayawati government had spent over Rs 121 crore on decorative advertisements during the last five years to showcase its programmes and achievements,the UP Legislative Council was informed today. In a written reply,the state government said in 2007-08 over Rs 13 crore was spent on advertisements while in 2008-09 over Rs 20 crore were spent. Likewise,in 2009-10 over Rs 17 crore was spent while in 2010-11 the amount was Rs 33 crore.

Before facing elections,the BSP government spent the highest amount of over Rs 37 crore in 2011-12 on advertisements issued by the state information department.

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