Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati today demanded dismissal of Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar for his utter failure to control prices of essential commodities in the country.
Mayawati also said that she would attend Chief Ministers’ conference in Delhi on January 27 only after removal of Pawar from the Union Ministry.
Addressing journalists here on Wednesday Mayawati blasted Pawar for his “irresponsible” statements on rising prices of essential commodities in the country. She said Pawar’s statement that prices of milk and milk products were likely to go up in north India because of short supply was highly irresponsible and aimed at encouraging hoarders and black-marketers.
The Chief Minister said, “the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh should dismiss Pawar from the ministry otherwise she would not attend the CMs’ conference summoned by him on January 27 to discuss issue of price rise”.
Mayawati said if Pawar was not dismissed then it would be proved that his statements had sanction of the Prime Minister.
Mayawati said at time when the Prime Minister had called meeting of Chief Ministers to find out ways to control prices, Pawar’s statement on milk prices was reckless.
“Sharad Pawar has been continuously issuing such statements, which have encouraged hoarders”, Mayawati said, and added after his comments on sugar and essential commodities he had now targeted milk.
In order to tighten noose around hoarders in UP, Mayawati said that instructions had been issued to sub-divisional magistrates (SDMs) to make surprise inspections at tehsil level at least once in a week to assess the availability of essential commodities and take action against black-marketers. The chief minister said that districts had been alerted
to keep watch on hoarders.
The chief minister also assailed the decision of Maharashtra government about taxi permits to those who had been residing in the state for 15 years and knew Marathi language. She said this parochial approach was against the spirit of the constitution.