Samajwadi Party (SP), which came to power in Uttar Pradesh with a promise to effect changes at the ground level, maintain law and order, and eradicate corruption from the state, has forgotten its promises and is not taking any action against malpractices. While the party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav is busy with the Presidential election and politiking at the centre, Akhilesh’s inexperience is evident in his decision making.
SP had said in its manifesto that corruption has destroyed the Indian economy, and they will make sure that it will go down in the state if they come to power. But when it came to taking action against Mayawati’s close ally and liquor baron Ponty Chadha, the party has taken a hands-off approach. Sugar mills were sold to Ponty Chadha. While replying to a question in the Vidhan Sabha, Akhilesh said that they won’t make any kind of inquiry into the sale of 21 sugar mills during Mayawati’s rule because the selling of the sugar mills was according to the guidelines of the disinvestment department. He made it clear that four evaluators had evaluated the market price of these mills before putting them up for bids. He said that the Kushinagar district’s Chhitauni sugar mill was also sold according to these guidelines.
Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has said in his report that the state government has suffered a loss of Rs 1180 crores due to this deal. CAG has also mentioned in the report that it was decided even before the bidding who the sugar mills will be sold to.
And when all these things didn’t work out, then the procedures were altered in the middle of the bidding process.
SP’s MLA from Lucknow, Ravidas Mehrotra, had raised a question on this issue in the Vidhan Sabha. He wasn’t happy with the reply, and is planning to meet the Chief Minister to demand a probe into this issue. This kind of complacent attitude is putting a question mark on the Samajwadi Party’s intentions. SP had declared in its manifesto that if they come to power in the state, they would look into the irregularities.
When SP was in Opposition, Shivpal Yadav, through a friend, had filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in Allahabad High Court’s Lucknow bench. They had also hired a prominent lawyer and paid a hefty fee to him. Ponty Chadha and the JP Group were always the targets of Shivpal Yadav, but now he is also mum on this issue. Bharatiya Janata Party has criticised the Samajwadi Party for not taking any action against Ponty Chadha, and has said that Samajwadi Party has decided to turn a blind eye to corruption in the state.