Just a few days after Samajwadi Party demanded a CBI probe into alleged irregularities in the sale of 11 Sugar Corporation mills in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP on Thursday joined the clamour threatening to take the matter to court if it was not referred to the inevstigating agency.
"These 11 sugar mills have been sold at throw-away prices by the state government to benefit its supporters while overlooking the interests of farmers as well as thousands of workers employed there and BJP demands immediate cancellation of the deal and a CBI inquiry into it", state BJP President Surya Pratap Shahi told newspersons in Lucknow.
"We would also request the governor BL Joshi to look into the issue and if there is no relief we would also look at the options of approaching the high court", Shahi said.
Alleging that the deal had been struck in order to benefit an industrialist, Shahi said that five of these mills had been given to one industrial house.
The BJP leader also provided the statistics to stress that the sold mills have been hugely undervalued.
Raising the demand in the state Assembly on October 11, Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Singh Yadav had alleged that these 11 mills had been sold in order to earn commission.
He had also asked for involving the interpol to find out about the "money stashed away in foreign banks by the Chief Minister".
Yadav, also the Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly, had alleged that the liquor baron to whom five of these mills had been sold had also got liquor contract in 16 western UP districts where the rates of each bottle was hiked by Rs 15 to 20.
He alleged that half of the money thus raised directly went to the Chief Minister.