The alleged ‘fund collection’ and extortion by Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) cadres for UP Chief Minister Mayawati’s birthday celebrations is gathering steam with more cases being reported against BSP leaders. The BSP office bearer of Mainpuri unit has been accused of beating up a UP State Road Transport Corporation employee for failing to pay up extortion money. BSP leader and Mathura unit president Pratap Singh and MLA Nasiruddin have been allegedly involved in a string of criminal cases — from murder to kidnapping.
Most of the allegations have come in the light of engineer MK Gupta’s brutal murder allegedly by BSP legislator Shekhar Tiwari.
Opposition parties including the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) are marshaling their resources for a joint campaign on the issue. Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) President and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan has submitted a memorandum to President Pratibha Patil demanding the dismissal of the Mayawati government. In the memorandum Paswan has alleged that three BSP workers gunned down LJP leader Manish Yadav on December 26 for his failure to cough up Rs 2 lakh for Mayawati’s birthday.