AT A time when BJP national president Amit Shah is targeting Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav over alleged corruption and lack of development in his recent rallies in UP, party state leader I P Singh has praised Akhilesh, describing him as “bold” and the man in SP who is speaking against graft.
In a message posted on his Faceboook wall on Monday, Singh wrote that despite being associated with BJP, he was praising certain decisions taken by Akhilesh. “While being CM, Akhilesh called his uncle Shivpal corrupt and openly spoke about corruption and irregularities prevailing in PWD department and that is a bold move,” he wrote.
He added that the way Akhilesh called his another uncle Amar Singh a dalal, is a milestone in politics. “Akhilesh also showed his political will-power by clipping wings of leaders like Raja Bhaiyya, Gayatri Prajapati, Atiq Ahmed and Mukhtar Ansari,” Singh posted.
“I am a BJP spokesperson and dedicated to my party and its ideology. But still I will say that whatever Akhilesh has done to curb corruption, his father Mulayam Singh Yadav could not have done because of various reasons,” it added.
At the end of his post, Singh targeted a senior official in the government, who had also served during the previous Mayawati regime.
When contacted, BJP state president Keshav Prasad Maurya said Singh was not the party’s state spokesperson and has been prohibited from speaking to mediapersons on behalf of the party. “Whatever was written in the Facebook post is incorrect and will be removed… Whatever he has written are his personal views,” he added.
Singh, however, claimed that he still was the BJP state spokesperson. “I have not praised the CM. Instead, I have made comments in a sarcastic manner. The objective of making those comments is to raise questions on why Akhilesh did not take action against corrupt people in the past four-and-a-half years and now was doing so when elections are near,” he said.
Singh, who claimed to have had minister-rank status in the Kalyan Singh government, had been associated with the BJP for past 25 years. He had landed in a controversy in August when he had attacked state minister Azam Khan, saying that the SP leader would have feelings about the gangrape of a woman and her 14-year-old daughter in Bulandshahr only if his “wife and daughter were gangraped”. Singh had then made the remark on Twitter. He was reacting to Azam’s statement that the Bulandshahr gangrape could be an outcome of political conspiracy against the ruling party.