Akhilesh Yadav sacks two UP ministers over charges of corruption

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today sacked state Mining Minister Gayatri Prajapati and Panchayti Raj Minister Rajkishore Singh who were facing allegations of corruption. Yadav was said to be unhappy with Prajapati who was mired in controversy over allegations of promoting illegal mining, while allegations of land grabbing and corruption had been levelled against Singh. The action comes close on the heels of SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav sounding a warning to party leaders, saying that action needed to be taken against those involved in land grabbing and other corrupt activities if the party wanted to return to power in the 2017 Assembly elections.
Samajwadi Party is battling charges of lawlessness and the opposition has also targeted it over allegations of corruption against senior ministers. Yadav, who took over as the youngest chief minister of Uttar Pradesh at 38 in 2012, has said he will seek re-election on the promise of development and a clean administration without indulging in vote-bank politics. Prajapati’s sacking came three days after the Allahabad high court rejected the state government’s plea to withdraw an order for a CBI probe into alleged illegal mining in the state.


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