Maya de­mands CBI probe, Priyanka calls for strict ac­tion

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LUC­KNOW: Bahu­jan Sa­maj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Sun­day de­manded a CBI probe and Congress gen­eral sec­re­tary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra called for strict ac­tion in con­nec­tion with hooch tragedies that claimed over 100 lives in Ut­tar Pradesh and Ut­tarak­hand.

In a press state­ment, Mayawati said the ex­cise min­is­ters of Ut­tar Pradesh and Ut­tarak­hand should be re­moved from their posts.

The chief min­is­ters of the two states should hold the ex­cise port­fo­lio in­stead, she sug­gested.

Mayawati’s re­mark came a day af­ter UP chief min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath said the hooch tragedies will be probed from all an­gles to de­ter­mine whether they hap­pened due to il­licit liquor or a con­spir­acy by oth­ers.

The BSP chief blamed what she de­scribed as the BJP gov­ern­ment’s anti-poor poli­cies for the hooch tragedies. The state gov­ern­ment had failed to tackle the prob­lem, she said.

For her part, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, in her first of­fi­cial state­ment af­ter tak­ing charge as gen­eral sec­re­tary, said, “I am very shocked and sad­dened to know that more than 100 peo­ple have been killed in Ut­tarak­hand and Ut­tar Pradesh’s Sa­ha­ran­pur, Kushi­na­gar and sev­eral vil­lages,

and the death toll is con­tin­u­ing to mount.”

“No amount of con­dem­na­tion is enough for this heart-wrench­ing in­ci­dent,” she said in the state­ment is­sued in Hindi.

Priyanka said she hoped the BJP gov­ern­ments will take strict ac­tion against the crim­i­nals re­spon­si­ble for the deaths and pro­vide ap­pro­pri­ate com­pen­sa­tion as well as the pro­vi­sion of gov­ern­ment jobs for the fam­i­lies of the de­ceased.

“I am ex­tremely dis­tressed to hear about such a tragic in­ci­dent and ex­press my deep­est con­do­lences to the fam­ily mem­bers of the de­ceased per­sons,” she said.

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