Facing flak from the opposition over Rs 88 crore asset of Chief Minister Mayawati the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Friday came in defence of the party chief and dared the leaders of the rival political parties to make their asset public.
The national general secretary of BSP, Satish Chandra Mishra said Mayawati has made an honest declaration of her assets while filing the nomination papers for the Vidhan Parishad election on Wednesday. Throwing a challenge to the rivals Mishra said now its turn of the chiefs of other political parties, the office bearers and senior leaders to make their asset public.
Mishra further said after becoming chief minister Mayawati has not taken a single penny as gift from anyone. The increase of Rs 36 crore in her asset declared in June 2007 was due to escalation in the price of the properties. The asset declared with the Vidhan Parishad nomination is the current value of the property.
"The Income Tax Department had done the scrutiny of CM asset and the sources of her income as she had been filing return each year. CBI had done the reassessment of her asset on the direction of the Supreme Court" Mishra said.
The leaders of the opposition political parties including SP, Congress and BJP have raised demand of CBI probe into the Chief Minister asset. Reacting to the opposition charge Mishra said its unfortunate that the leaders of the opposition who are owner of benami property worth crore are raising question over the Chief Minister asset.
Mishra said the leaders of the opposition should declare their asset before and after joining politics. Every one is aware of the fact that when SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav joined politics he was owner of few bigha lands and a bicycle. "Today Yadav and his family members have acquired large asset and benami property. The disclosure of the Yadav's property had been made in the public interest litigation (PIL) filed by one Vishwanath Chaturvedi in the Supreme Court. The petition is still pending before the court and CBI probe should be ordered over Yadav's asset", he said.
Continuing attack on the SP chief Mishra said to protect himself from CBI Yadav was making desperate attempt to join UPA government. Its also true on the leaders of other political parties who had few properties to count when they joined politics today they are owner of big industries and benami property.
Mayawati had also raised the issue of black money deposited in the foreign banks Mishra said and added during Lok Sabha election the leaders of the UPA as well as NDA had promised the people that black money would be brought back but post election this leaders are mum over the issue.
"Few days back the government of Germany had handed over a list of 50 people whose black money was deposited in German bank. The name of all the 50 people should be made public and their black money should be brought to India", he said.
Defending Mayawati Mishra said neither she has deposited money in foreign banks nor she had purchased share of any company to make the black money white. "The tirade of the opposition also throws light on the casteist mentality of their leaders, it clearly shows that they are jealous over the asset of a daughter of dalit", he said.