Sack "favourite" min if you can''t arrest him : BJP to Akhilesh

Lucknow
5 Mar 2017

BJP UP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya today attacked Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, saying that if he cannot get his "favourite" minister Gayatri Prasad Prajapati arrested in the rape case, he should at least sack him.
Maurya, whose comments come a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the SP-Congress combine of chanting "Gayatri Prajapati Mantra", also said that BJP would get the tainted Prajapati arrested after results of the polls are declared.
"If Chief Minister Akhilesh ji cannot ensure the arrest of his favourite minister Gayatri Prasad Prajapati, then he can sack him (Prajapati)," Maurya said in a tweet.
Referring to March 11, the date when the UP assembly election results would be declared, Maurya said the BJP would put Prajapati behind bars after that.
"We would arrest him (Prajapati) after March 11," Maurya said.
Yesterday, the passport of Prajapati, who is a senior UP government minister was impounded and a look-out notice was issued against him, hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused SP-Congress of chanting "Gayatri Prajapati Mantra".
On the directives of the Supreme Court, UP Police has filed an FIR against Prajapati, a senior SP leader, in connection with separate cases of gangrape and attempt to rape another woman and her minor daughter.
UP BJP general secretary Vijay Bahadur Pathak also asked Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav how a minister who is accused of rape and booked by the police was continuing in his cabinet.
"How can a rape-accused continues to be a minister in the Cabinet of Akhilesh Yadav? UP CM must answer this and clarify whether this is 'kaam bolta hai' (action speaks)?" he told reporters here.
Pathak said the CM's act only vindicates the charges levelled by the BJP that Akhilesh Yadav was giving "protection" to the rape accused minister on one hand and making tall claims before the people during his election meetings. (PTI)