Lucknow: Continuing with her clean-up operation ahead of 2012 assembly elections, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Friday sacked four more Cabinet Ministers on the grounds of corruption charges against them. The total number of ministers who have been axed from their posts by Mayawati after the election dates were announced has now reached 15.

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The four sacked ministers are Forest Minister Fateh Bahadur Singh, Minister of State for Technical Education with Independent Charge Sadal Prasad, Minister of State for Minority Welfare and Haj with Independent Charge Anees Ahmad Khan and Minister of State for Muslim Waqf Shajil Islam Ansari.

These ministers have also been denied tickets for the assembly elections to be held next year. Sources said the ministers were involved in anti-party activities and allegedly misusing their posts. The ministers were also facing corruption charges and not paying heed to public grievances.

Notably, the Chief Minister’s action is seen as an attempt to refurbish the government's image ahead of assembly elections after being constantly targeted by the opposition parties owing to corruption charges.

Denied ticket, UP minister resigns

Meanwhile, Minister of State for Ayurveda Daddan Mishra on Friday resigned from the Mayawati Cabinet after he was denied BSP ticket for the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh next year.

"I have resigned on moral grounds, but will continue to work for the party," Mishra said.

Mishra, who represented Bhinga constituency in Shravasti district, said he had come to know that the party would not field him this time.

"But on Thursday when allegations of indulging in anti- party activities and not working in the area were leveled against me, I decided to resign (from the Ministry) on moral grounds," he said.

BSP zonal coordinator Udaybhan Gautam had said at a party workers' meeting on Thursday that BSP chief Mayawati has denied party ticket to Mishra expressing displeasure over his functioning.

The party would now field Abdul Rahim Khan from that seat, he had said.

JPN/Bureau/Agencies