Illegal mining was rampant in UP during SP,BSP rule,says former minister

Illegal mining was rampant in UP during SP,BSP rule,says former minister


Lucknow:The CBI which has been called from" caged parrot " to a central "government tool " and has been attacked mainly by two political parties recently for raids in connection with illegal mining in Uttar Pradesh has got at least one supporter. He finds nothing wrong with these raids and believes that it should have been conducted much earlier.His words carry weight as he has been mines ministers in Uttar Pradesh for three years during the Samajwadi Party rule which is shouting the loudest against the raids.Shivpal Singh Yadav has no hesitation in saying that illegal mining was rampant during the SP and the BSP rules from 2007 to 2017.It has helped several officials and non-officials roll in wealth and caused enormous revenue loss to the state.Why does he say so ?"It is mainly because there was no report of illegal mining from 2004 to 2007 when I was incharge of the mining department",he said.Looking back,his statement to some media men on Wednesday, runs counter to statements of SP president Akhilesh Yadav and other non-BJP leaders that the raids carried on Saturday last to malign the opposition.

It was charged that they were carried at the instance of the central government.It is another "lie" because the Allahabad High Court was behind it.It was this court which had asked CBI to probe as it had found the reply of the state government unsatisfactory and had reasons to believe that sad was being illegally mined and transported to different locations by a syndicate run by some mafias.According to sources,eight districts in the state including Hamirpur,Gautambudh Nagar and Fatehpur had earned notoriety in this connection. Besides police officials, civil servants were involved.Saturday raids were carried on some of their locations.Evidentally,there was a political patronage as an IAS officer who had acted against some of them was asked to pack up in no time.Two others, a trainee IPS man and an ADM-rank officer, who tried to prevent them was attacked with fire-arm. FIRs were registered against some of them in this connection but not much was heard about them after that.Akhilesh and Mayawati who ruled between 2007 and 2017 cannot say that they had no knowledge as every one else in the state who mattered knew about illegal sand mining.Much ,therefore, is being read into the alliance between the two and Mayawati's phonecall to Akhilesh after the raids. More than nine persons including him are under the radar.In the light of all this,their statements against the raids and charge that they were carried at the instance of the BJP government to gain political mileage do not stand scrutiny.


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