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Rs 15 crore being realised as goonda tax in UP: Mulayam

lucknow Updated: Sep 05, 2009 13:22 IST

Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Saturday accused the Uttar Pradesh government of failing to ensure relief work in drought and flood-hit areas and alleged that people are being forced to pay “goonda tax (extortion money)”.

“Crops have been damaged due to drought and floods rendering lakhs of people homeless and forcing farmers to commit suicide but the insensitive state government has done nothing to provide relief so far,” Yadav said during a meeting of party leaders.

Alleging that crime was at its peak in the state, he said traders are being abducted, looted and killed while women are insecure.

“Around Rs 15 crore is being realised as goonda tax in the state every day. Even Chief Minister Mayawati is taking 40 per cent commission,” he alleged.

Yadav said that at a time when six members of a family committed suicide due to poverty in Allahabad and industries are closing due to power crisis, Chief Minister Mayawati is spending money only on erecting parks and memorials.

He said that imposition of VAT has led to price hike and the government has failed to check hoarding and adulteration.

SP state president and MP Akhilesh Yadav said the party will launch a five-day agitation starting from September 11 to protest the “anti-people policies and corruption in BSP regime”.