Par­ties in­dulge in blame game af­ter hooch claims sev­eral lives

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - —PTI

Luc­know: The hooch tragedy that claimed scores of lives in Ut­tar Pradesh took a po­lit­i­cal hue on Sun­day, with Chief Min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath re­call­ing the hands of Sa­ma­jwadi Party in “such mis­chievous acts” and BSP chief Mayawati seek­ing a CBI probe into the mat­ter.

Adityanath, from his home turf Go­rakh­pur, warned of stern ac­tion against all those found in­volved in il­licit liquor trade even if they were as­so­ci­ated with any po­lit­i­cal party.

“In the past too, such type of mis­chievous acts by SP lead­ers had come to fore. In Aza­m­garh, Har­doi, Kan­pur and Bara­banki, SP lead­ers were found to be in­volved in past hooch tragedies. We can’t deny con­spir­acy this time too,” Yogi told re­porters Satur­day night.

Sa­ma­jwadi Party (SP) pres­i­dent and for­mer Ut­tar Pradesh chief min­is­ter Akhilesh Ya­dav slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) govern­ment on Sun­day over the deaths in the tragedy.

He said, “The op­po­si­tion has been no­ti­fy­ing the govern­ment about such ac­tiv­i­ties, but they did not act as some of its lead­ers are in­volved. The truth is that with­out the back­ing of the govern­ment, such busi­nesses can­not be car­ried out. The BJP should ac­cept the fact that they can­not run the state.” The Bahu­jan Sa­maj Party (BSP), the SP’S al­liance part­ner for the up­com­ing Lok Sabha polls, also blamed the BJP gov­ern­ments in UP and Ut­tarak­hand for the deaths.

BSP chief Mayawati in a state­ment said that both the state gov­ern­ments were “cal­lous” in their ap­proach to­wards ban­ning sale of spu­ri­ous liquor and de­manded a CBI probe into the tragedy. She said till the CBI probe was com­plete, ex­cise min­is­ters of both the states should be asked to step down to en­sure free and fair in­quiry.

—PTI

Fam­ily mem­bers of vic­tims who are un­der­go­ing treat­ment at a hospi­tal in Sa­ha­ran­pur

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