While CBI is making efforts to substantiate its moves against former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav in illegal mining case, the opposition parties are standing behind him, accusing of Narendra Modi regime resorting to `political vendetta’.
CBI today claimed that the then Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s office had cleared 13 projects on a single day. Yadav, who also held the mining portfolio for some time, had cleared 14 leases, of which 13 were cleared on February 17, 2013, in violation of e-tendering process, it added.
The CBI claimed that on February 17 the leases were granted by the district magistrate of Hamirpur, B Chandrakala, after getting approval from the chief minister’s office in violation of its 2012 e-tender policy, which was ratified by the Allahabad High Court on January 29, 2013.
The CBI gave details about the role of Samajwadi Party chief Yadav after he and other opposition party leaders accused the BJP government at the Centre of misusing the probe agency for its political gains.
Meanwhile, the Congress, BSP, TMC, AAP, TDP and other opposition parties came out in support of the SP chief, accusing the government of resorting to “vendetta politics” ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
BSP chief Mayawati telephoned Yadav and extended her full support to him, telling him not to be shaken by any “gimmicks”. “Do not be shaken by such gimmicks,” she told Yadav while dubbing any move by the CBI to quiz him as “political animosity” of the ruling BJP. The BSP chief also alleged that like the Congress, the BJP was “misusing” the government machinery to “trap” its opponents in false cases.
The Congress accused the government of misusing probe agencies to target opposition leaders in an effort to stall an alliance ahead of the 2019 polls. Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad termed the CBI’s move against Yadav as “vendetta politics” of the BJP. He also accused the BJP government of “misusing” probe agencies like the CBI, Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax to target opposition leaders.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal slammed the Modi government for “shamelessly unleashing” the CBI on Akhilesh Yadav and said it is time to throw out the NDA government, calling it a “dictatorial and undemocratic regime”. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banarji and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu also expressed their solidarity with Yadav.