Addressing his first public meeting in the Samajwadi Party stronghold, Yogi attacked Shivpal Yadav saying that his condition is like that of a pendulum, “A pendulum commands no respect and one should not become that in life,” Yogi had said.
Responding to Yogi’s jibe, Akhilesh Yadav tweeted that calling Shivpal Yadav a “pendulum” was rather indicative of changing times. “It also denotes that time changes and continues to remain in motion. It also indicates that there is nothing which is permanent. So, one should not brag about anything,” Akhilesh tweeted.
Addressing a public meeting on Tuesday, Akhilesh said the CM “never studied physics and is now giving lessons in physics to everyone, including SP workers, which was strange”.
Gomti riverfront probe: We’re ready to face CBI, ED, says Akhilesh
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LUCKNOW: Amid reports of CBI planning to ‘examine’ Shivpal Yadav in connection with the alleged Gomti riverfront scam, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav was seen standing strongly with his uncle on the issue. He said each and every decision related to the project was approved by the cabinet and hence CBI must examine the entire cabinet.
Responding to a pointed media query on reports that CBI has sought the state government’s nod to question Shivpal Yadav in connection with the alleged scam, Akhilesh said SP and its leaders were open to any scrutiny, but “such targeted action at a time when the party was busy with bypolls was not a sign of healthy politics”.
“Each and every decision related to the Gomti riverfront was cleared by the cabinet. We, in the cabinet, are ready to face the CBI and ED. But those in power must not forget that time will come when their (BJP’s) decisions will also be probed. We are ready for any scrutiny. The party is prepared to face the CBI and ED on any issue. But such action being initiated in the middle of byelections is not a sign of healthy politics,” Akhilesh said.
The former UP CM said, “Though the ruling BJP was busy targeting the opposition, why was the government silent on the mass bungling in the name of Bundelkhand Expressway? When are they going to order a CBI and ED probe into the Bundelkhand Expressway scam?” He was talking to the media on the side-lines of election meetings in Mainpuri on Tuesday. Akhilesh along with Shivpal and other members of the Yadav clan has been campaigning for the SP candidate Dimple Yadav for the Lok Sabha bypoll in Mainpuri.
Meanwhile, sources in the state government dismissed reports of CBI seeking government nod to question Shivpal. Senior officials said there was no fresh communication from CBI with regards to the Gomti riverfront scam till Tuesday afternoon. “The last communication that we are aware of was of CBI seeking government nod to examine two former bureaucrats which is still under consideration,” said a senior IAS officer.
Asked to comment on the recent screening of the appointment process of an election commissioner by the Supreme Court, Akhilesh said the ruling BJP is “partisan and one must not expect anything better from them”. On the issue of SP complaint to the state election commission regarding police officers of particular communities posted in Mainpuri Lok Sabha constituency, being sent on ‘forced leave,’ the former UP CM said it was for the media to ask the district magistrates (DMs) and election observers to make public the list of officers who were being posted as presiding officers and police officers for the bypoll in Mainpuri.