BSP leader Intezaar Ahmad Abdi, allegedly involved in the arson at UP Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi's house in Lucknow, has been appointed the chairman of state sugar corporation by the Mayawati government, a move that has invited the ire of the Congress.
Abdi's appointment as the chairman of Ganna Sansthan, a post equivalent to the rank of Minister of State, had been cleared and an order to this effect was issued last evening, official sources said on Monday.
BSP sources, however, said Abdi's appointment to the post was cleared by the party leadership a week back.
Reacting to the development, Congress Spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan said in New Delhi that "UP Chief Minister Mayawati has no regards for the law at all and it is outrageous that somebody who is allegedly the person against whom an FIR has been filed has been rewarded. It is inexcusable".
60-year-old Joshi, who is out an interim bail after being arrested for allegedly making derogatory remarks against Mayawati, said that she was pressing for a CBI inquiry since the man allegedly responsible for burning down her house has been elevated.
SP leader Amar Singh said, "The weakness of Congress party leadership is encouraging Mayawati because Rahul Gandhi has also condemned Rita Bahuguna Joshi's statement and the party has officially expressed regret".