What had you hidden in walls..BJP asks Akhilesh

Lucknow, June 13: Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday accused the Uttar Pradesh government of spreading misinformation about the house he vacated and also targeted the media for coming under pressure to show concocted pictures about alleged damage done at his residence he occupied till last week. Meanwhile, the UP government hinted Income Tax probe against Akhilesh Yadav for constructions in the bungalow.  

The former Chief Minister alleged that senior IAS official Mrityunjay Narayan and the OSD to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Abhishek, visited the residence before it was given to the Estates Department and threw it open to the media as part of a conspiracy.

Questioning the motive behind these high-profile visits, a visibly upset Akhilesh Yadav warned the officials not to stoop so low as government changes. Attacking CM Yogi Adityanath, Akhilesh demanded that the state government should return the temple that he got constructed in the bungalow.

Rubbishing charges that he had even ripped off taps from the sprawling bungalow, he held two steel taps and dared the government to show him the inventory. Even one item was missing, he would immediately pay for it.

"Things like taps are generally stolen by drug addicts... If our government comes to power again, we will find out who these drug addicts among the bureaucracy were," he said, his voice choking with anger.

Akhilesh Yadav has been accused by the government of badly damaging the residence he was forced to vacate following a Supreme Court directive.

Reacting to Akhilesh, UP health minister Siddharth Nath Singh wondered why Akhilesh damaged the walls of his official bungalow. "I would like to tell Akhilesh that you're a respected leader and former chief minister, but besides that, you're also well-educated. When you demolish the walls of the house where you lived," Sing said. "When you demolish the walls of the house where you lived, what was hidden behind the wall that you had to break it down?," he added. Further the minister said that Income Tax officials may asks the former UP CM to furnish income proof of his income. SP boss had said that the construction expenses were borne by him.

After vacating his sprawling house, on which officials say the previous government spent Rs 42 crore, the authorities have alleged widespread damage, including ripping up of floorings, tiles as well as electrical and plumbing fittings.

The government has ordered a probe into the issue and a cross checking of the inventory of the bungalow is underway.

Governor Ram Naik has also taken cognizance of the matter and asked the state government to thoroughly probe the issue and ensure that the damages to the house, built at public expenses, are recovered.

The 45-year-old Akhilesh Yadav also targeted the Governor but without naming him and said people who were sleeping otherwise had woken up now.

The Samajwadi Party chief claimed that the BJP had been badly hit by back-to-back defeats in elections in Kairana, Phulpur, Noorpur and Gorakhpur and so it was resorting to a misinformation campaign against him.

News24 Bureau/ IANS