New Delhi, Mar 17: Amidst demand for CBI probe on the source behind Mayawati's multi-crore garland, the Income Tax department has offered to investigate the funding and ownership of currency notes, source said.
The garland of Rs 1,000 notes which is estimated to be of Rs 5 crore created an uproar in the Parliament as the Samajwadi Party and Congress party demanded a probe into the source of money during the Zero Hour.
Congress had asked the Centre to look into the "organised loot" in Uttar Pradesh, which was followed by the SP's demand for a CBI probe into the matter.
Lok Sabha had to be adjourned on Tuesday, Mar 16 as the opposition refused to pay heed to the repeated pleas of the Speaker Meira Kumar to allow the listed matters of Zero Hour to be raised.
The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Chief received severe criticism both inside and outside the parliament for the lavish BSP rally orgnaised to mark the party's 25th foundation day.
Commenting on the huge garland worn by Mayawati at a public rally in Lucknow, Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh said that Mayawati is no longer the woman fighting for the cause of the poor.
" Mayawati is no more a Dalit ke beti but Daulat ke beti"(no more a daughter of Dalit but a moneyed daughter)."
"Mayawati is no longer the woman representing the common man. She is playing in lakhs and crores (of rupees)," he said.
"We appeal to the government to take cognizance of Mayawati's rally and the garland presented to her. It should be inquired into," he added.
Meanwhile, Mayawati has called for all MP meeting on Mar 17 in the wake of the criticism.