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Demands CBI probe into Mulayam's “benami properties”

A political conspiracy to defame me: CM

‘BSP chief has not taken a single paisa as gift'

LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party president Mayawati has dared the leaders of Opposition parties to declare their movable and immovable properties. She also asked them to declare the source of the properties after they entered politics.

Taking exception to Opposition criticism of her Rs. 88-crore movable and immovable assets declared by her at the time of filing her nomination papers for the UP Legislative Council polls this past week, Ms. Mayawati saw in it a political conspiracy to defame her. She said before pointing fingers at the property owned by her the Opposition leaders should introspect.

Targeting Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh, she said Mr. Singh owned a few bighas of land and a bicycle when he entered politics but today he and his family members own several properties, including “benami”. Demanding a CBI probe, she said Mr. Singh was sending feelers to the UPA leaders in a bid to escape the noose.

The Chief Minister lashed out at the UPA and NDA leaders for not framing a law in Parliament for bringing back black money stashed away in foreign banks. She demanded that the names of 50 Indians given by the German Government be made public and strict action be taken against them.

The Chief Minister's views were conveyed to journalists by BSP general secretary Satish Chandra Mishra. He told reporters here over the weekend that Ms. Mayawati is only the leader who has declared her property, both movable and immovable, at each stage. She has regularly filed her income tax returns and, unlike the tax evaders, is the only leader who is a regular taxpayer, the BSP MP said.

Records clean

Mr. Mishra added that Ms. Mayawati's property records are clean and unlike the other political leaders she has not concealed her wealth by investing in shares, bonds and debentures. The BSP president has not taken a single paisa as gift, Mr. Mishra claimed. He claimed that the valuation of the property increases in accordance with the prevailing market rate and there was nothing unlawful in it.