Criticising the ruling BSP government for "rampant" corruption in Uttar Pradesh, SP national General Secretary Shiv Pal Singh Yadav on Monday alleged that not only the Chief Minister but also the entire Cabinet of Ministers was involved in corruption.
Yadav claimed that those who raise their voice against corruption are either being jailed or criminal cases are registered against them.
The SP office-bearer had gone to visit party MLA Vijay Misra, who is presently jailed in Meerut. After the visit, Yadav said, "Misra was falsely implicated in a criminal case and was jailed. His house was also set on fire and now a conspiracy of his murder is being hatched by the ruling party. All this is happening just because he refused to join BSP."
Meanwhile, SP state president Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow said, "SP is fighting corruption prevailing in Mayawati government for the past four years. We request Hazare to come to UP and raise voice against corruption prevailing here."
"Hazare's campaign for Jan Lokpal Bill got support from every quarter, SP wants him to raise voice here too," he said.
Shival Singh Yadav had reportedly said here yesterday that common man was not connected with Hazare's campaign against corruption as there was no representation of poor and farmers.
When asked about Shivpal's statement on Hazare, party spokesman Rajendra Chowdhury said that the statement was distorted and there was nothing wrong in what he said.
"Shivpal had only said that there should be involvement of poor and farmers in Hazare's agitation," Chowdhury said, adding that there was no difference in the party over Hazare's fight against corruption.