From Pradeep Kapoor
LUCKNOW: Stage is set for Akhilesh Yadav government to set up high level commission to look into various cases of corruption to the tune of several thousands of crores of rupees during Mayawati regime.
It would be worth mentioning here that Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has been saying that his party as well as the government would initiate war against corruption.
Chief Minister has also said that his government would bat for strong Lokpal bill and support Anna Hazare in his fight against corruption.
Akhilesh Yadav had been promising during election campaign as well as party’s manifesto that if voted to power, commission would be set up to look into all cases of corruption during Mayawati regime.
The country was shocked when the details of reply from estate department to the query of Mr Shivpal Singh Yadav as Leader of the opposition that Rs 86 crores were spent from state exchequer for repairs of official bungalow at Mall Avenue in Lucknow.
It is a known fact that 13 Mall Avenue bungalow is allotted to Mayawati as former chief minister and during previous years out of power, she used to live there.
The renovation work in this bungalow started in 2007 after she came to power and work continued five years and was completed toward the end of regime.
Similarly several hundreds of crores were spent by Estate department in renovation of houses of several ministers and key bureaucrats who were running the government during Mayawati regime.
Although BSP spokesman Satish Mishra MP said that release of information about expenditure from state exchequer on renovation of Mayawati’s bungalow was not based on truth.
Satish Mishra said that although the bungalow in question had been allotted to Mayawati as former chief minister but it was converted to memorial in the name of Manyawar Kanshiram founder of BSP and Mayawati was living in separate part of it.
But the question remains as to how could somebody that too former chief minister could live in memorial.
Similarly PWD and irrigation Minister Shivpal Yadav disclosed there was huge corruption in PWD and Irrigation that several thousand of crores of rupees had been spent from state exchequer in various schemes but there was no work on ground. The work was shown in papers and money was also shown to have been spent.
PWD and irrigation Minister Shivpal Yadav disclosed that during his visit to Bansagar dam, he discovered that there was huge scam to the tune of Rs 600 crores during Mayawati regime in Irrigation department in the construction of canals.
Shivpal Yadav said the project was to construct canals from Bansagar dam to Allahabad and then to Mirjapur and a huge amount of Rs 1290 crores had also been spent during last five years. Shivpal said the ground reality was that only half of the work was done and rest of money had been swindled by the officials.
CBI is already working on Rs 7000 crores NRHM scam during the regime of Mayawati and her close lieutenant and then the minister Babu Singh Kushwaha and senior IAS official Pradeep Shukla have also been arrested for their alleged involvement.
The Chief Minister also unearthed huge scam in education department and senior officers were arrested by the police.
It would be worth mentioning here that Sanjay Mohan, director Higher Secondary Education Board was arrested in the scam of recruitment of teachers during Mayawati regime.
With so many scams emerging from various departments now, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav is all set to appoint high power commission which would take up all cases in totality. (IPA)