New Delhi: As the proposal for CBI investigation in the MNREGA corruption in Uttar Pradesh has brought two political enemies, the Congress and the Bahujan Samaj Party at loggerheads, both the Centre as well as the state government are leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to checkmate each other on this smoldering issue.

While, the state government has vehemently opposed the proposed CBI investigation, the Union Rural Development Ministry has been in search of alternative options to nab the culprits misusing the MNREGA funds. The Ministry of Rural Development is now contemplating on blocking funds allotted to the districts, if the allegations of financial irregularities in the scheme are found to be true.

It is to be noted that albeit allegations have been proved against various officials while economic discrepancies have surfaced in more than 20 districts with the involvement of Gram Pradhan to District Coordinator, the state government has turned a blind eye on the matter.

In order to end the deadlock in acting against the culprits, Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh in his letter to UP Chief Minister Mayawati has mentioned the alternative of blocking allotment of funds under MNREGA.

However, citing the upcoming Assembly elections in the state, blocking of funds would not be a welcome step as the matter is taking an ugly political turn.

In a letter written to the UP Chief Minister, the Union government had proposed for CBI investigations in eight districts of the state.

However, Mayawati wrote a letter to the Prime Minister and expressed her stern disapproval of the probe.

(JPN/Bureau)