SP rejects demand for CBI probe in DSP’s killing

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SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav said that Mayawati’s demand for the CM’s resignation and President’s rule was totally uncalled for. Photo: PTI

Lucknow, March 4: The Samajwadi Party has rejected the opposition’s demand for a CBI enquiry into the killing of the DSP in Kunda in Pratapgarh district on Saturday night. The SP also rejected their demand for the resignation of chief minister Akhilesh Yadav. Bahujan Samaj Party chief and former chief minister Mayawati was in the forefront demanding the resignation of the CM and imposition of the President’s rule in Uttar Pradesh.

“Mayawati’s demand for the CM’s resignation and President’s rule is totally uncalled for. It’s like the pot calling the kettle black,” said SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav. “During the previous BSP regime in UP, several BSP MLAs had to go to jail on rape charges and the murder of a government official,” he added. The SP chief, also the three time chief minister of UP said, “One BSP MLA from Banda district, Purushottam Dwivedi, was arrested on the charge of rape when Mayawati was the chief minister of UP in 2011. That MLA is still in jail, while another BSP MLA Shekhar Tewari has been convicted on the charge of murder of an executive engineer of the PWD and is undergoing life imprisonment.” The SP added that “the list is endless and many MLAs and former ministers in the previous BSP government are under investigation by the anti-corruption wing of the UP police, Lokayukta and also the CBI. One BSP minister Babu Singh Kushawaha is in jail for over a year for swindling huge funds in the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scam, and was chargesheeted by the CBI.”

Ram Gopal Yadav, younger brother of the SP chief and party leader in the Rajya Sabha, rejected the opposition’s demand for the CBI probe and resignation of the chief minister Akhilesh Yadav. “Never in the history of UP, has any government taken such a prompt action and the CM also asked the minister to resign. What more can the people expect the government to do?” He added that the action taken by the government so far was as per the demand of the widow of the DSP killed in Pratapgarh. “If the need arises, further action will be taken in this matter. I want to assure that there will no political interference in the police investigation and whoever is found responsible for killing the brave police officer, will be brought to justice,” said Ram Gopal Yadav.

Training his guns at the opposition parties he said, “Can the opposition parties cite a single instance where an FIR was lodged against a minister on the application of an individual (widow of the DSP) and the minister being asked to resign by the CM? The opposition is frustrated and they have nothing else to do than to demand for the CM’s resignation,” Ram Gopal Yadav said.

Meanwhile CM Akhilesh Yadav today condoled the death of the DSP in the UP assembly. “I condemn the incident where two persons and a police officer were killed. I wish to assure the House that there will be an impartial inquiry into the incident in the Belipur village of Pratapgarh district and whoever is found guilty will be brought to justice.” The CM also assured that the government would give financial assistance to the survivors of the village pradhan who was killed in Pratapgarh and would also give more assistance to the family of the slain police officer. The UP government has already announced a compensation of Rs 20 lakh for the family of the slain police officer.

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