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Akhilesh should reply on mining scam during his regime: Sidharthnath
Uttar Pradesh

Akhilesh should reply on mining scam during his regime: Sidharthnath

Lucknow, Jan 7: Senior UP BJP leader and Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Sidharthnath Singh on Monday termed the reported alliance between the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party as "opportunistic" and it is being forged for their own survival.

Singh also alleged that SP president Akhilesh Yadav has failed to explain the mining scam during his regime in the state. " It was the Allahabad High Court which had ordered the CBI probe and media gave reports that now the investigating agency can interrogate Akhilesh, but the opposition was trying to make the issue political by blaming the BJP and even creating ruckus in Parliament," he said, claiming that this shows the desperation of SP and BSP to cover up their misdeed to loot the state exchequer.

Terming both the SP and BSP with a common saying 'Chor-Chor Mausere Bhai" (birds of the same feather) Singh, who is also the UP government spokesperson, told reporters here that rather than replying to the accusation, the SP and BSP were trying to avoid answering the corruption charges.

He said the BJP has always fought against corruption and will continue to do so in future. "In the coming days more such corrupt cases would be unearthed," he claimed.

Reiterating that CBI as an autonomous body free to probe and this mining scam is monitored by the high court, but still, BJP wants that the previous CM and other political persons, who were involved in the corruption should be interrogated by the agency, he said.

Replying to the timing of the raid at Lucknow and other places in connection with the mining scam with opposition alleging that it was done just a day after their alliance was announced, the BJP leader said ," these leaders can go to the court making these charges rather than addressing the matter in public."

" The CBI was probing the case since 2016 during the period of the SP government and suddenly they say that it was done to thwart the opposition alliance, which is ridiculous. The agency was probing the matter for the past two months in Hamirpur but they did not say a word on it," he said.

When asked why the government was not taking action against the IAS officer Chandrakala,whose residence was raided by the CBI, the UP minister said that law will take its own course.

To another poser about the rebellion mood of two alliance partners of BJP in UP-- Apna Dal ( Sonelal) led by Union minister Anupriya Patel and Suheldeo Bharatiya Samaj Party(SBSP) led by UP minister Om Prakash Rajbhar, the Minister said," these two parties are with the BJP and they will continue to be the part of the NDA. Such disputes always arise in any alliance."