Lucknow: Following the Lokayukta’s report, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BSP supremo Mayawati asked Dairy Development and Animal Husbandry Minister Awadhpal Singh to quit.

After the Lokayukta’s report was made public, Mayawati summoned the Minister on Wednesday and directed him to submit his resignation.

However, Singh in his resignation stated that he was willingly tendering his resignation on moral grounds.

Meanwhile, his portfolio has been handed over to Cabinet Minister Nassemuddin Siddiqui.

Singh is the seventh minister to step down from the present government and second MLA who has been indicted by the Lokayukta.
Earlier, former religious Endowment and Homeopathy Minister Rajesh Tripathi had to quit after he was indicted in the Lokayukta’s report.

Awadhpal Singh has been accused of favoring his son Ranjit Singh’s construction company for awarding contract worth Rs 3.98 crore for constructing 19 hospitals for animals.

Meanwhile, Mayawati has firmly said that she stands by Anna Hazare’s crusade against corruption. Stating that Hazare’s arrest was unfair, Mayawati said her party welcomes Hazare and other organizations that are raising their voices against corruption and criminalization in politics.

JPN/Bureau