BJP demands graft case against Mayawati

Kanpur(UP): Alleging rampant corruption in the BSP regime in Uttar Pradesh, BJP today demanded that a fresh case of disproportionate assets should be lodged against Chief Minister Mayawati.

"We are sure Mayawati and her ministers have assets in excess of their known sources of income and many of them are already facing an inquiry…A fresh case of disproportionate assets should be lodged against the CM and an inquiry should be conducted into properties acquired by her after 2007," BJP national vice-president Kalraj Mishra told reporters here.

Referring to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi`s yesterday`s statement targetting BJP and team Anna, he said, "Such an irresponsible statement was not expected from people sitting on responsible post. She should first clarify what initiatives she has taken to root out corruption."

In a public gathering at Uttarakhand, Gandhi had said corruption cannot be eradicated by mere slogans and those creating "hue and cry" should look within, a remark which has sparked a political slugfest between Congress and BJP over the issue of corruption.

Alleging that corruption has become a joint venture of the Centre and UP government, Mishra alleged even public health has been made a political issue. "Even encephalitis has been made a political issue. While people are dying, the Centre and the state are exchanging allegations," he said.

Mishra said Kanpur which was known as `Manchester of the East` has turned into a "centre of closed and sick industrial units". "BSP government has derailed development…crime and abduction has become a new industry in the state," he alleged.