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RAGHURAJ PRATAP Singh alias Raja Bhaiyya was today re-inducted as minister in the Mulayam Singh Yadav government. Governor TV Rajeswar administered the oath of office and secrecy to him at Raj Bhawan here.

india Updated: Jan 22, 2006 01:23 IST

Raja Bhaiyya sworn in


RAGHURAJ PRATAP Singh alias Raja Bhaiyya was today re-inducted as minister in the Mulayam Singh Yadav government. Governor TV Rajeswar administered the oath of office and secrecy to him at Raj Bhawan here.

The chief minister, his cabinet colleagues, senior administrative and police officers and Samajwadi Party national general secretary Amar Singh attended the swearing in ceremony.

A POTA accused, Raja Bhaiyya is an Independent MLA from Kunda (Pratapgarh). He had tendered his resignation as Minister for Food and Civil Supplies on November 10, 2005 following the Supreme Court’s verdict that reopened the POTA case against him.He has been given the same portfolio .

The apex court had struck down the State Government’s order withdrawing POTA case against Raja Bhaiyya and transferred it to a special POTA court in Jabalpur. After resigning from the ministry Raja Bhaiyya had surrendered before the POTA court at Kanpur from where he was shifted to Jabalpur. Later the Jabalpur High Court granted him bail with the condition of reporting at Civil Lines police station there on the last Sunday of every month.

Later talking to mediapersons, Amar Singh and Raja Bhaiyya justified the re-induction. Amar Singh said his party was following in the footsteps of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who had inducted ministers like Shibu Soren, Laloo Yadav and Taslimuddin under similar circumstances. Singh also used the occasion to flay the UPA government over the phone tapping issue and the orders for vacating the Mulayam Singh’s Delhi residence.

“Joint application of Delhi police and the main accused in the phone tapping case against transfer of the case to STF of Uttar Pradesh had vindicated the Samajwadi Party’s allegations as it established the complicity of Delhi police in the case,” said Singh adding the UPA government was also acting with vendetta against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha.

The Mulayam government, however, did not believe in such actions, he said adding the chief minister would liberally allot houses to Congress leaders in Lucknow if they desired so.

Raja Bhaiyya said he had tendered his resignation from the minister’s post since his surrender would have had an adverse impact on the dignity and decorum attached to the office. He said he was inducted as a minister earlier when he was on bail and the situation remained so this time as well. He said invocation of POTA against him was an act of political vendetta. “Everybody was aware of the circumstances under which POTA had been invoked against me,” he said.