In the backdrop of recent raids by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) across Uttar Pradesh over multi-crore Uttar Pradesh mining scam, chief minister Yogi Adityanath has alleged corruption by inflating costs during the previous regimes in the state.
The CM claimed the erstwhile regimes indulged in corruption by resorting to the route of “revised estimates” in government projects for allegedly siphoning off public money.
“During previous regimes, the projects used to get stuck in the name of ‘revised estimates’ and it ultimately resulted in wasteful expenditure of the taxpayers’ money,” the CM said at a function in his pocket borough of Gorakhpur yesterday.
He also slammed the opposition parties for allegedly leaving a “legacy of corruption” in the state over the past 15-20 years of their rule.
Yogi said those who were complicit in such orchestrated loot during previous regimes, were now feeling the heat under his government, which had successfully stamped out public corruption.
Recently, ED had conducted raids across UP over the alleged mining scam and summoned senior UP cadre IAS officer B Chandrakala. The raids followed the agency filing a money laundering case regarding illegal sand mining, in which ex CM Akhilesh Yadav is also under the CBI scanner. On January 5, the CBI had raided the residential premises of Chandrakala in Lucknow apart from other places.
The CBI had filed an FIR against Chandrakala, Samajwadi Party (SP) MLC Ramesh Kumar Mishra and BSP leader Sanjay Dixit. Chandrakala was the district magistrate of Hamirpur during 2012-14 when she allegedly flouted e-tendering norms for allotting mining contracts/leases.
Actually, the CBI action was a follow up of the July 2016 order of the Allahabad High Court over illegal mining. Yadav has already blamed the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for acting with vendetta against political opponents.