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Cong leaders' visit to underconstruction bride in UP sparks row

lucknow Updated: Oct 14, 2011 16:09 IST

Claiming that some persons tried to disturb the shuttering of an under-construction bridge on Karia drain in Banda district, UP Public Works Department (PWD) today said the role of state Congress president Rita Bahuguna Joshi and MLA Vivek Singh will be probed.

"Some elements deliberately removed support of the bridge due to which the shuttering was disturbed. As per some news channels, state Congress President Rita Bahuguna Joshi and MLA Vivek Singh were seen there with party General Secretary Rahul Gandhi," a PWD spokesman said here, raising questions as to why Gandhi's security was not kept in mind by his party colleagues.

He said an FIR has been lodged in this regard and the role of Joshi and Singh would also be probed. If their involvement is found, action would be taken against them for creating hindrance in government work, he said.

The spokesman alleged the act of disturbing the shuttering on October 12 night "was an attempt to malign the image of the state government and there was a conspiracy in it.

"The construction of bridge was on... then why did Congress leaders take Rahul Gandhi there? This is mysterious. These leaders even did not care about the security of Rahul as some mishap could have taken place there.... The act of these leaders is condemnable," he said.

Meanwhile, denying the charges of creating hindrance in the government work, Congress MLA Vivek Singh told PTI that as lawmakers, they had the right to inspect the construction work initiated with public money.

Alleging that there were large scale irregularities in construction works related to medical and engineering colleges, bridge on Chilla river, which collapsed, roads and Kanshiram housing scheme, Singh demanded immediate removal of state PWD Minister Naseemuddin Siddiqui.

"Had Chief Minister Mayawati wanted to initiate action in this case, she should have immediately removed the PWD Minister," Singh said.