Lucknow: In a bid to project a clean image of the party in the upcoming state Assembly polls, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati sacked four ministers facing Lokayukta probe.

The decision to this effect was taken in a party meeting called by the CM on Sunday night to formulate effective strategies ahead of the Assembly elections in 2012.

The ministers who were sacked by the CM include Higher Education Minister Rakesh Dhar Tripathi, Agriculture Education and Research Minister Raj pal Tyagi, Minister of State with Independent Charge of Backward Welfare Department Awdesh Karan Verma and Minister of State for Home Guards and Prantiya Rakshak Dal Hari Om.

Sources said that the ministers were engaged in anti-party activities and were under the Lokayukta lens facing corruption charges.

In the government notification issued by Cabinet Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh, the posts held by sacked ministers have been assigned to other ministers.

Naseemuddin Siddiqui has been given the charge of Higher Education, Indrajit Saroj has been assigned Backward Welfare Department and Chaudhary Laxmi Narain has been handed over Agriculture Education and Research.

Notably, Siddiqui, a close aide of Mayawati, and his MLC wife are also under the Lokayukta scanner facing similar corruption charges. However, no stringent action has been taken against the Cabinet minister so far.

With the fresh removal of four ministers from the state Cabinet, the total number of sacked ministers has reached 11.

Earlier, Mayawati had sacked Religious Affair Minister Rajesh Tripathi, Animal Husbandry Minister Awadhpal Singh Yadav, Secondary Education Minister Rangnath Mishra, Labour Minister Badshah Singh and Ambedkar village Development Minister Ratan Lal Aheerwar.

Besides, Health Minister Anant Kumar Mishra and Family Welfare Minister Babu Singh Kushwaha were also sacked from the Cabinet after National Rural Health Mission scan surfaced followed by murders of two Chief Medical Officers in Lucknow.

JPN/Bureau