Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (PSP) chief Shivpal Yadav on Wednesday alleged that there was “loot” in the mining sector when the SP and BSP were in power in Uttar Pradesh. However, he said he is ready to be part of an alliance to defeat the BJP.
Speaking to the media in Lucknow, Shivpal supported the government’s decision to give 10 per cent reservation to economically weaker sections of the general category, but added that he did not trust BJP.
“I, and some others, suffered disrespect. That cannot be tolerated. But in order to defeat BJP, I have said that if secular parties want a coalition with me, I will definitely join them… We want the PSP included in the alliance. Our doors are open if we are given a respectable number of seats. I can go with any party other than BJP. I have left one seat for Netaji (his brother and SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav) and we will support him from wherever he fights the election. We will contest the remaining seats,” he said.
Shivpal said the PSP had at a recent rally demanded reservation for “the poor belonging to general category”.
“We demanded they too should get rightful reservation… But BJP made a lot of promises and did not fulfil them. Even this promise might remain unfulfilled. I do not trust BJP,” he added.
Shivpal also said that there were no allegations of corruption when he headed the mining department between 2004 and 2007. “All that corruption because of which people in Uttar Pradesh suffered inflation… cost of all building materials increased. BJP is late in (investigating) that. There was so much loot between 2007 and 2012. Even earlier, there was a BJP government and they should have investigated this. Now there is an election and because of that all this is happening.”
The CBI had last Monday shared details of the number of mining licenses issued in Hamirpur, alleged that that SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, who was the chief minister then, had handed out 13 projects in a single day — February 17, 2013. This was against the January 2013 Allahabad High Court order prohibiting any such license without e-tendering.