UP govt clarifies on behalf of Mayawati's personal assets

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Lucknow, Jun 17 (UNI) The Uttar Pradesh government, on behalf of Chief Minister Mayawati, today made it clear that she did not possess a single inch of land in her name.

''Some media speculation in this regard is unfounded and baseless as the chief minister has already declared her assets which clearly said that she was not in possession of any land or property.''UP Cabinet Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh told mediaperson's in a hurriedly called press conference here this evening.

Moreover, Mr Singh said the chief minister had also denounced his family and relatives to dedicate her life towards public service.

''She has no connection with any of her family members and their pursuits,''he added.

The clarification from the UP government came a day after the UPCC president Rita Bahuguna Joshi had charged state Chief Minister Mayawati, her relatives and associates with usurping land on a large scale and demanded a probe by a central investigating agency.

Ms Joshi had alleged in her statement made in the national capital yesterday that in the last one year, the BSP supremo, her relatives and her party's people had annexed the land of farmers at a large scale in the state.

''Chief Minister herself is accused of illegally amassing wealth worth billions of rupees , hence the matter should be investigated by a Central Investigating Agency so that the public can know the truth,'' she had said.

The Cabinet Secretary also chose the occasion to assert that not a single case had been reported from any district where the government had acquired land from any indivisual without his consent.

''The rules framed by the state cabinet about six months ago are being strictly adhered to and the land acquisition is taking place only after mutual agreement,'' said Shashank Shekhar Singh.

Claiming the land acquisition rules of the state were the best in the country and better than the Government of India suggested in this regard, he refuted certain reports in a section of media in this regard saying, ''There is no single complaint from any district so far.'' Further clarifying, the Cabinet Secretary said the land acquisition took place only after the government through respective district magistrates and the individual agreement was reached.

He also refuted the reports that the government had earmarked 88 acres of land for Santosh Medical College.''Nowhere existed any such land anywhere in the state,'' he said.

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