SP General Secy Backs Re-Induction of 'Tainted' Ministers

Amidst criticism over induction of tainted persons in the state cabinet, Samajwadi Party national General Secretary Ram Gopal today denied reports of the newly inducted minsters being tainted or faced charges and ruled out dropping anyone from the ministry.

Responding to queries about re-induction of Vinod Singh alias Pandit Singh who was earlier removed on charges of abducting the Gonda Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Yadav termed his removal as a mistake.

"It was a mistake that he was removed following hue and cry in the media and now it has been rectified," Yadav said, adding that the media in just no time brands a person as tainted or accused.

"It takes several years to prove the crime of a person in a court but, just a minute for the media to brand him as one", he said.

"Why does the media become a judge...Just having cases against one does not make him a convict", he said.

On the sting operation carried out on Samajwadi Party leader K C Pandey by the then SP of Gonda Navneet Rana, Yadav said, Rana's intentions were wrong.

"Though the sting operation was done about two months ago it came to light only when Pandey was made the vice chairman of Ganna Anusandhan Council and accorded status of a minister of state... Such things are done by political people and not by IAS or IPS officers," Yadav said, calling for action against Rana.

Yadav reiterated that there is no tainted person in the ministry, so no one will be dropped.

Later, addressing a programme at Shibli college here, Ram Gopal Yadav, without taking names, lashed out at Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi for his proposed visit to Mahakumbh.

"Mahakumbh is a pious occasion and no such person who has got several killed through his government should go there," Yadav said attacking the media for live-telecasting Modi's interaction with students of SRCC in Delhi recently.

Referring to the issue of release of innocent youths of the district facing terror charges, he said that there are some people who do not want this to happen and so have also filed PILs in the court. "Government is doing its work in this regard", he said without elaborating.

Yadav also referred to Union Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal advocating minority university status to Shibli college and said that had the same been said by the education minister of the country it would have been a different matter altogether.

Yadav said that his government was serious towards the various problems being faced by the college and he would talk to the Chief Minister in this regard.

The SP leader hinted at chances of an early Lok Sabha election, after bringing a popular general budget as the central government was facing problems almost every day. He said that his party was ready for it.

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