Lucknow: Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh seems to be getting in trouble created by its own lieutenants. The alleged involvement of Kunda MLA and Food Minister Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya in the killing of DSP Zia-ul-Haq has put state government in the dock. JPN/Bureau
Since his induction in the Akhilesh Yadav government, Raja Bhaiya has been grabbing the headlines for different reasons. The Kanda MLA was in the news as the controversial minister was shifted from Jail Department to Food during the recent reshuffle of state Cabinet. Leader of Opposition in Assembly, Swami Prasad Maurya raised the issue of food scam in the House.
The SP leaders whose roles embarrassed Akhilesh Yadav government are Vinod Singh alias Pandit Singh, Natwar Goyal, KC Pandey and Saheb Singh Saini.
Vinod Singh: Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav recently reinstated Vinod Singh alias Pandit Singh in the state Cabinet. Pandit Singh represents Gonda constituency in the Assembly. Pandit was accused of beating up and abducting the Chief Medical Officer of Gonda. He had been sacked as minister of state on October 12, 2012.
Natwar Goel: Soon after storming to power in 2012, Akhilesh Yadav made Goel the vice-chairman of Uttar Pradesh Khadi Gramodyog Board (UPKGB). Goel enjoys the status of a minister of state. Soon after assuming the post of vice-chairman of UPKGB, Goel’s name surfaced in a controversy of electricity theft.
Goel was arrested for assaulting two photo journalists, who had gone to click picture at a construction site owned by him. Already facing flak from various quarters for its soft approach towards the 'rowdy' elements in the party, the SP acted quickly and showed Goel the door.
KC Pandey: SP’s national secretary Pandey was appointed as vice-chairman of Uttar Pradesh Council of Sugarcane Research. Pandey landed in controversy of illegal trafficking of cattle in Gonda district. Akhilesh government had to face huge embarrassment over the issue in both the Houses of Assembly over the issue.
Saheb Singh Saini: After assuming as the Chairman of Beej Pramarikaran Nigam, Saini enjoys the status of a Cabinet Minister. His wife dragged Saini to a court in Dehradun by filing a case against him.
Lucknow: Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh seems to be getting in trouble created by its own lieutenants. The alleged involvement of Kunda MLA and Food Minister Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya in the killing of DSP Zia-ul-Haq has put state government in the dock.