Why is Prajapati still in Cabinet, U.P. Governor asks CM Akhilesh Yadav

first_imgAkhilesh campaigns for Gayatri Prajapati  ‘Sack Minister’U.P. BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya also attacked the Chief Minister, saying if he cannot get his “favourite” Minister arrested, he should at least sack him.Mr. Maurya, whose comments come a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the SP-Congress combine of chanting “Gayatri Prajapati Mantra,” also said the BJP would get Mr. Prajapati arrested after the poll results.Mr. Prajapati’s passport was impounded on Saturday and a look-out notice too was issued against him.On the SC’s directive, the U.P. police filed an FIR against Mr. Prajapati, in connection with separate cases of gang rape and attempt to rape another woman and her minor daughter. Warrants, look-out notice issued against Prajapati  He said it had also come to his notice that the CM himself had asked the Minister to surrender but he had not done so till now and was absconding. There were apprehensions that he might have fled to some foreign country, he said. The police were searching for the Minister and trying to arrest him, the Governor said.BJP president Amit Shah too raised the issue on Sunday at an election meeting in Ambedkarnagar, where he rued the U.P. government’s failure to arrest its rape-accused Minister. Listing Mr. Prajapati’s arrest as one of the first tasks in case his party formed the government in the State, Mr. Shah said, “As soon as the BJP forms the government in U.P. on March 11, we will search even in hell and send him to jail.”Mr. Prajapati holds the Transport portfolio in the Akhilesh Council of Ministers.Mr. Shah also alleged that the rape-accused Minister campaigned for the SP for nearly six days, and even exercised his voting rights on February 27.“But, the police were not able to do anything. On the other hand, the CM appealed to Gayatri to surrender. The job of the police is to hold the criminal by the collar and send him behind bars,” said Mr. Shah.“Akhilesh claims that ‘kaam bolta hai’ [actions speak]. But, the reality is that U.P. tops in crime against women and here ‘karnama bolta hai’ [misdeeds speak],” he said.Also Read The continuance of rape accused Gayatri Prajapati as a Minister in the Akhilesh Cabinet has raised serious questions of “constitutional morality and dignity,” said Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik on Sunday, even as the BJP attacked the State government for its failure to arrest him.Mr. Naik made the remarks in a letter he shot off to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, seeking to know if he “justifies” having the tainted Minister in his Cabinet.“A non-bailable warrant has been issued against Prajapati after an FIR was registered against him in the rape case. Serious questions of constitutional morality and dignity arise on his remaining in the Cabinet,” the Governor said in the letter.Mr. Naik said that according to media reports, a look-out notice was issued against Mr. Prajapati on the apprehension that he might flee the country and his passport also was impounded. “This is serious in nature, Prajapati being a Cabinet Minister,” he pointed out.Also Readlast_img

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