Lucknow: The opposition parties in Uttar Pradesh on Monday said the judicial inquiry ordered by the state government into stampede at Allahabad railway station was due to their "pressure" and hoped that the whole process will be "impartial".

Leader of the Opposition in state Assembly and BSP leader Swami Prasad Maurya said that the chief minister ordered the probe as he felt "guilty" after giving a clean chit to those responsible for the tragic incident.

"Realising the mistake he was forced to order the judicial inquiry which was the demand of BSP," he said. He hoped that stern legal and penal action would be taken against the persons responsible for the incident.

Congress leader Pramod Tiwari said that the party demanded the inquiry by a sitting judge, but the government ordered probe by a retired judge. "The main point is what would be term of reference. Whether it would be included what the buffer zone for crowd control was, how many people arrived at the station whether it would be included that how much money was received and how much was spent," he said.

"I feel that if this is not mentioned then the inquiry will not be completely impartial, because in this probe it has to be seen that whether fund was properly utilized," he added. However, Revenue Minister Ambika Chaudhary said that the inquiry was ordered so that reality should come before the people.

"The SP government has faith in the democratic traditions. Its head ordered judicial inquiry so that the truth comes out," Revenue Minister Ambika Chaudhary told reporters.

Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi had on Sunday said that a CAG inquiry should be conducted into expenditure on preparations for Maha Kumbh Mela.

(Agencies)

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