Blame game on af­ter Ut­tarak­hand-UP hooch tragedy

The New Indian Express - - INDIA -

DAYS af­ter the hooch tragedy that claimed 94 lives and led to the ar­rest of more than 175 peo­ple, a po­lit­i­cal blame be­gan on Sun­day with Chief Min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath al­leg­ing that the role of Sa­ma­jwadi Party (SP) in “such mis­chievous acts” can­not be ruled out. “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 said. Adityanath, from his home turf Go­rakh­pur, warned of stern ac­tion against those in­volved in il­licit liquor trade. BSP chief Mayawati, mean­while, 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. Mayawati said boot­leg­gers who are run­ning a par­al­lel ad­min­is­tra­tion right un­der the nose of the au­thor­i­ties and sell­ing spu­ri­ous liquor. Slam­ming the BJP, SP chief Akhilesh Ya­dav 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.” Adityanath said he had spo­ken to his Ut­tarak­hand coun­ter­part Triven­dra Singh Rawat and asked him to share de­tails as the spu­ri­ous liquor was served to the na­tives of Ut­tar Pradesh in a Harid­war vil­lage.

The op­po­si­tion has been no­ti­fy­ing the govern­ment about such ac­tiv­i­ties, but they did not act as some of its lead­ers are in­volved

Akhilesh Ya­dav, Sa­ma­jwadi Party chief

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