Maya demands CBI probe, Priyanka calls for strict action
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.