UP Polls: Mayawati's hand in NRHM scam?

Written by: Ria
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Kanpur, Feb 17: Senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh on Friday, Feb 17 said that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati cannot keep herself away from the National Rural Health Mission (NHRM) scam.

Two months back, Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) had opened up a report on Uttar Pradesh's NRHM scam. The report stated that the BSP government had failed to provide the proper details of expenditure under the scheme. It was found that the government had spent around Rs 5,000 crore of the Rs 8,657 crore given to the state.

While addressing an election rally at Express Road, Singh said, "How is it possible that a scam of Rs 5,000 crore takes place in the state and Mayawati does not come to know about it? It is not a scam of Rs 5-10 crore wherein only a minister is involved. It is a scam of thousands of crores and Mayawatiji cannot escape the charges of being involved in it by expelling ministers right before the Assembly elections."

Criticisng the BSP government for their alleged involvement in corruption, he said, "I do not remember when any police official spoke openly in the media against a chief minister but this has happened in Mayawati's regime, where a DIG levelled charges of corruption against Behenji. Imagine the height of corruption."

"Kalyan Singh, Ramprakash Gupta and even I as a chief minister had no such instance during our regimes where a police official levelled corruption charges against us but what all happened in Mayawati's regime.

"Before being voted into power, she had said that she would send Maulayam Singh and Amar Singh to jail as they were involved into corruption but nothing of this sort happened," he said.

Slamming the major political party Congress, he said that Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) support Congress in the Centre, but Congress doesn't support them in the state. "Rahul should ask Manmohan Singh to give back the support taken from both SP and BSP to run his government in the Centre and then speak against these parties here in the state. Therefore, I question him (Rahul), why should people of the state trust your words of developing Uttar Pradesh," he added.

Pointing out Salman Khurshid's statement over Sub-quota, he said that Congress spoke about the quota before the elections only to woo Muslims voters. He further said that BJP is not against reservation, but the party is against caste-based reservation as it would divide the country into parts.

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