Uttar Pradesh Minister calls for CBI probe into BSP founder’s death, slams Mayawati

The Minister of State for Social Welfare and SC/ST Welfare, who represents the Agra cantonment seat in the Assembly, said: “Mayawati is not trustworthy and has betrayed everyone.
Dharmesh said BSP patron Kanshi Ram had died under mysterious circumstances and he would soon meet Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to seek a CBI probe into that death.(HT image)
Dharmesh said BSP patron Kanshi Ram had died under mysterious circumstances and he would soon meet Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to seek a CBI probe into that death.(HT image)
Updated on Aug 29, 2019 10:52 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Agra | ByHT Correspondent

Newly appointed Uttar Pradesh minister for social welfare, Dr Giriraj Singh Dharmesh has sought a CBI probe into Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) founder Kanshiram’s death alleging that the former Dalit leader had died under ‘suspicious’ circumstances in 2006.

Dharmesh also likened BSP chief Mayawati to a live wire, which burnt whatever she came in contact with.

“Death of the late Kanshiram was not a natural one. He died in suspicious circumstances and his sister termed it a ‘murder’. I will appeal to the Chief Minister to get the matter investigated by the CBI,” Dharmesh, who is a doctor by profession, said at a press conference in Agra.

He also accused the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister of ditching allies in the past.

“Mayawati only cared for vote bank politics. BJP leader, the late Brahmdutt Dwivedi saved her from Samajwadi Party workers (during the infamous state guesthouse incident in 1995), but she ditched the BJP and recently did the same to Samajwadi Party while breaking the alliance with it after the Lok Sabha poll results,” Dharmesh said.

“Mayawati benefitted from Samajwadi Party but broke the alliance after winning 10 seats in 2019, as against zero in 2014,” said Dharmesh, who had won from the Agra Cantt assembly seat for the first time on a BJP ticket.

It was his first visit to Agra after his appointment as a minister.

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