Lucknow: While the Union Ministers have made a public declaration of their assets on website, the Opposition parties in Uttar Pradesh have started mounting pressure on the state government to follow suit. Citing the example of the Union Cabinet, the Opposition parties have targeted the Bahujan Samaj Party government in the state.

To keep the public sector free of corruption, the UP Ministers and Legislators Publication of Assets and Liabilities Act was passed in 1975. Under the Act, the public representatives have to make their assets public within 90 days of the oath taking ceremony.

However, the Act has been rarely followed in the state. Meanwhile, majority of the state Ministers do not support the view to make a separate public declaration of their assets. They have claimed that asset-detail is given by a candidate at the time of filing nomination before polls, and the entire data is available on the website for public.

Not agreeing with the views of UP Ministers, state Congress president Rita Bahuguna Joshi said, “They should take a lesson from the bold and admirable step of the Union ministers.”

Samajwadi Party spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary and Rashtriya Lok Dal state president Baba Hardev Singh echoed the same view about asset declaration.

However, BJP state president Surya Pratap Shahi gave a different opinion in the matter of assets declaration by public representatives saying that Union ministers should also have mentioned the source of their income.

Shahi said, “If Ministers of Uttar Pradesh would make a public declaration of their assets, it should be with its sources mentioned because assets without sources make no sense.” 

(JPN/Bureau)