On the back of the opposition campaign of graft against her government, UP chief minister Mayawati on Sunday dismissed four cabinet colleagues on complaints of corruption and anti-party activities.
Those sacked are higher education minister Rakesh Dhar Tripathi, minister for agriculture education and research Rajpal Tyagi, minister of state for backward classes welfare (independent charge) Audhesh Kumar Verma and minister of state for homeguard Hariom Upadhaya.
It was reported that they were in touch with opposition parties. UP lokayukta justice (retired) NK Mehrotra has been probing the charges against Tripathi and Verma. The two ministers were allegedly involved in land grabbing and other illegal activities.
The name of Rajpal Tyagi allegedly cropped up in the case of a murder in Ghaziabad in 2010 and recently the Allahabad high court had ordered a CBI inquiry in the case.
BSP sources said Hariom Upadhaya had been sacked following reports of anti-party activities.
MOOD IN PARTIES
Even as the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is not enthused by the Election Commission’s announcement of the UP assembly poll dates, the BJP is treating it as a good omen because it came at the time of the birthday of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who was born on December 25.
The BSP’s gloom is understandable because the party wanted polls after Rajya Sabha elections in April, when it could have used its absolute majority in the current assembly to see its candidates through.
Though the BJP is happy at the announcement, some party leaders fear the poll campaigns and even the voter turnout could be affected if the cold wave conditions persist till February.
Former BJP chief Rajnath Singh said: “Atalji never believed in negative politics. So we will try and focus on positive campaigns.”