Raja Bhaiya's Return to Cabinet: Cong Targets SP Govt

New Delhi
Raja Bhaiya's Return to Cabinet: Cong Targets SP Govt

Congress today targeted the SP government in Uttar Pradesh alleging the re-induction of controversial independent MLA Raghuraj Pratap Singh, alias Raja Bhaiya, into the cabinet showed the state has "rule of musclemen".

"The feeling of common people is well known about the state of affairs in the state. That there is no law and order in the state. It is a rule of musclemen and not rule of law. The re-induction of a minister whose resignation was recently taken puts a stamp over this belief", party spokesman Raj Babbar told reporters.

He said it was the prerogative of the Chief Minister to induct whoever he liked.

44-year-old Raja Bhaiyaa was reinducted in the Akhilesh Yadav Ministry today seven months after he had to step down in the wake of killing of DSP Zia-ul-Haq in Pratapgarh.

The former Food and Civil Supplies Minister had to resign from the cabinet after being named by DSP Haq's wife Parveen Azad in the murder case in March. Though CBI gave clean chit to Raja Bhaiya, Azad had filed a protest application against it.

A senior Congress leader, who declined to be identified, said the re-induction showed that SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav was seeking to keep the Thakurs in good humour ahead of the Lok Sabha polls after SP faced a setback in the wake of Muzaffarnagar riots.

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