The BJP on Monday alleged that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had sacked Mining Minister Gayatri Prajapati only to make him a “scapegoat” as the High Court had ordered a CBI probe into the alleged mining scandal. This comes after Akhilesh sacked Prajapati and Panchayati Raj Minister Raj Kishor Singh, who were facing corruption charges.
Alleging that the Chief Minister’s family was behind the “loot”, BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma said Yadav protected Prajapati for nearly two years after the Lokayukta recommended his dismissal and a criminal probe against him.
Speaking at a press meet at the party headquarters, Sharma said, “Akhilesh Yadav protected him all this while. Now the High Court has been firm and ordered a CBI probe into the mining scandal. He is trapped now. Prajapati has been made a scapegoat…your (Yadav) whole family is behind this. To save them, you have sacked him. It is just an eyewash.”
The two sacked ministers collected money and were close to the Chief Minister, he alleged.
Sharma pointed out that the High Court has rejected the government’s contention that a CBI probe was not required into the alleged mining scandal and observed that “those in the government also seemed to be involved in this”. If Yadav has any sense of morality, he should resign, Sharma demanded.
He said that the decision to sack the ministers was aimed at gaining publicity in the media after the Samajwadi Party government “looted” the state for five years and proved to be a “failure on all fronts”.
“After looting the state for five years, the Chief Minister is doing it for publicity in TV and radio. It will be an unsuccessful attempt to cover up the failure of corrupt government under which crime ruled the roost and education, health and road sectors collapsed,” he said.