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Updated: September 6, 2011 01:37 IST

Corruption has grown under BSP rule: BJP

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Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi
The Hindu Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

“Mayawati hired plane to get sandals replaced”

Stating that corruption was the biggest issue in Uttar Pradesh, the Bharatiya Janata Party alleged here on Monday that the menace had grown under the Bahujan Samaj Party regime.

Referring to the WikiLeaks expose related to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati's fetish for sandals published in a local English daily, BJP vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi accused her of wasting public money to charter a plane to Mumbai for getting the sandals replaced. Mr. Naqvi alleged that Rs. 10 lakh was spent for replacing sandals worth only Rs. 1000.

Mr. Naqvi said the Chief Minister's stand on the Indo-U.S. nuke deal as mentioned in the expose had further exposed Ms. Mayawati.

Cause for concern

The BJP vice-president told reporters at the party headquarters that it was a cause for concern and a challenge to the position of the State which had given several Prime Ministers to the country.

The ruling BSP was quick to rubbish Mr. Naqvi's allegations. A BSP spokesman said in a press statement that the BJP leader had taken recourse to an expose, whose basis and authenticity were doubtful, for levelling baseless allegations. The spokesman said his comments had exposed the BJP's casteist mentality.

The BSP reminded the BJP that it would have exposed it earlier by using the same WikiLeaks expose, but as a responsible political party thought it prudent not to do so.

Comments denied

Cabinet Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh also denied the comments attributed to him by the expose. According to the cable, Mr. Singh reportedly told the U.S. Charge d' Affaires, Peter Burleigh, at the time of the 2009 Lok Sabha elections that Ms. Mayawati's opposition to the Indo-U.S. nuclear deal was “rhetoric driven by the fact that her political rival, the Samajwadi Party, had supported the deal, and there would be no change in India's foreign policy if she became the Prime Minister.” According to the expose, Mr. Singh reportedly did not think Ms. Mayawati would become the PM after the current [2009] elections but noted that “25-30 seats in the Lok Sabha would make a big difference in government formation.”

In an official press release, Mr. Singh said an official of the U.S. Embassy (Charge d'Affaires) in New Delhi had in May 2009 sought time from the Chief Minister. Since, she had a busy schedule, he was authorised by her to apprise the official of the policies and programmes of the government, Mr. Singh said in the release.

To a query from the Embassy official that Ms. Mayawati was being projected as the Prime Minister of the Third Front, the Cabinet Secretary said the official was told that the BSP was neither a constituent of the United Progressive Alliance, nor the National Democratic Alliance or the Third Front. The BSP had contested all the seats in U.P. in the Lok Sabha elections, the U.S. official was told, the Cabinet Secretary added.

Asked about the BSP foreign policy by the official, Mr. Singh said he refused to comment on such a sensitive and important issue at that time.

India is doomed if illiterate, greedy and uneducated politicians take the helm. This deplorable process began a decade after independence, with the arrival of casteist and parochial politicians as Chief Ministers of various states. As they wreak havoc on their states' economies, all sights are now on the Prime Ministerial slot. There is no limit to their ambition and corruption! A sad outcome indeed for a great nation that one had leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Nehru, Patel, and Indira Gandhi.

from:  CS Venkat
Posted on: Sep 7, 2011 at 20:28 IST

Just accusing and making wide remarks wont help BJP! During Anna's protest they criticized centre and now they are criticizing Mayawati! I dont understand whats binding BJP to act?! Its a major opposition party! Why it doesnt demand CBI against Mayawati?! Rather asking BJP its Congress's duty to investigate! However why it will?! It has that "outside support" from these BSP's and CPI's etc. Largely i believe where ignorance prevails darkness dances! This is what has happened! We have so many things going on, however an average Indian is interested or has time to think on what is portrayed by Media! Bomb blasts, Amar Singh's 'Kand', 2G scam, report of exchequer for 2G scams, Bilateral ties, etc. so much/many things and it is rightful duty of Media to make sure unless the issue is resolved it should take steps like Julian Assange and keep the fire of truth burning unto people's mind.

from:  Bhushan Shende
Posted on: Sep 7, 2011 at 13:18 IST

Thanks to WikiLeaks, we are getting confirmation of the extent to which the country's politicians are looting the country. The problem is compounded by the fact that the ruling party at the centre controls the CBI, which is the premier investigative agency in the country, and only allows it to investigate those politicians who are opposed to the party. Therefore, so long as the politician is within the good books of the ruling party (and the SC does not order the CBI to investigate), he/she has nothing to fear in so far as corruption is concerned.

from:  krishna
Posted on: Sep 6, 2011 at 21:21 IST
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