Why Gayatri Prajapati is important to Mulayam Singh Yadav

Why is Prajapati back in the government despite such charges and accusations of land grabbing in the past?

Written by Lalmani Verma | Lucknow | Published:September 20, 2016 1:43 pm
Akhilesh Yadav, Mulayam SIngh Yadav, Gayatri Prajapati, Raj Kishore Singh, AKhilesh government, shivpal yadav, UP, Uttar Pradesh, UP government, Up polls, UP elections, Uttar Pradesh assembvly elections 2017, Uttar Pardesh Assembly polls, Shivpal, Shivpal- akhilesh, Akhilesh cabinet, Up news, india news, indian express news Gayatri Prasad Prajapati is taking oath for the fourth time-in the single term of any government which is a rare occurrence.

Gayatri Prasad Prajapati, a first time MLA from the Congress stronghold of Amethi, is set to be re-inducted into the state cabinet within a week of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav sacking him along with another minister — Raj Kishore Singh — allegedly on complaints of corruption.

Why is Prajapati back in the government despite such charges and accusations of land grabbing in the past? Party sources reply because he is close to Netaji (Mulayam), he has money power and he belongs to the Most Backward Caste (MBC). Many party leaders also feel that Prajapati’s growing stature in the Akhilesh government and his re-induction could be because of his closeness to Mulayam’s other son Prateek Yadav.

Akhilesh has no real affection for Prajapati as he has been a constant source of embarrassment to the government but notwithstanding this, Prajapati is taking oath for the fourth time-in the single term of any government which is a rare occurrence.

Prajpati began as minister of state for irrigation in February 2013 where he was overshadowed by cabinet minster Shivpal Yadav. In July 2013, he was elevated to Minister of State (Independent charge) and allocated the Mining department. He took oath for the third time in January 2014 when elevated to cabinet rank with the charge of mining ministry.

Prajapati found himself in the eye of the storm recently after the Allahabad High Court ordered a CBI probe into allegations of irregularities in the mining department. After Akhilesh Yadav sacked him last week, Prajapati rushed to Delhi to meet Mulayam Singh. With the party catapulted into a crisis after Mulayam had replaced Akhilesh with Shivpal as party state president and Akhilesh had stripped Shivpal of key portfolios, Prajapati was the first person to meet Mulayam Singh last Wednesday morning, apparently lobbying for his re-induction in the government.

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    Bhiku
    Sep 20, 2016 at 11:08 am
    It is not surprising that the state is categorised as BiMaRU by successive Central governments since last 5-6 decades!
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    chattoo
    Sep 20, 2016 at 10:33 am
    There is no 'nationalist ' reader to comment on it....which otherwise descend on this space in hordes with their b of decorative language...
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    krishna kumar
    Sep 20, 2016 at 12:00 pm
    Can not expect any other course from MSY. This is Family rule and not rule of Law in UP.
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    Real Truth
    Sep 20, 2016 at 3:25 pm
    When antinationalist have rushed in, nationalists will come too. So be patient.
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    Ram
    Sep 20, 2016 at 12:45 pm
    So Akhilesh is more of lame duck CM. Matter of time he will be eased out. A CM who don't have authority has to face embarrment at the follies yet can't take action. Remember Manmohan. Almost everyone sacked are back. Shows how novice he is and light weight
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    Thimma Reddy
    Sep 20, 2016 at 11:39 am
    Mulayam and Maya are the worst politicians in India.Mind you,most the people of UP are so backward illiterate and criminal thugs. UP is a drag on India's progress and image.
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    Indian
    Sep 20, 2016 at 9:40 am
    Must be part of Mulayams's LOOT GANG.
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