Mayawati rewards Joshi attacker with state board chairmanship

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Lucknow, July 20 (ANI): The Uttar Pradesh Government has rewarded Bahujan Samaj Party leader Intezaar Amad Abdi, who allegedly led the attack on the house of UP Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi, as the Chairman of the UP Sugar Corporation.

The move has invited the Congress Party's ire.The Chairman of the State Sugar Corporation has the rank Minister of State.

According to BSP sources the party leadership cleared Abdi's appointment a week before and said it has no connection to Joshi's arson case.

Congress spokesperson Jayanti Natarajan condemned the move, saying rewarding the BSP, has no respect for the law.

Joshi said she would press for an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on the ransacking incident.

Samajwadi Party General Secretary Amar Singh said it was the Congress that is encouraging Mayawati to take such steps, as it has no clear stand about the Uttar Pradesh Government.

An FIR has been filed against Abdi and a BSP MLA from Bikapur, Jitendra Singh Babloo, in the Hussainganj police station in Lucknow.

The state unit of the Congress Party has launched statewide demonstrations, to demand the arrest of these two BSP leaders. (ANI)

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