New Delhi: Sailing on the support of Samajwadi supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and BSP chief Mayawati, the UPA government has secured victory in the FDI battle.
Mulayam Singh Yadav and Maya’s support has suddenly come as a surprise package as the much needed support for embattled Congress led UPA government and cozying up stance of the SP and BSP has triggered wide range of speculations. Insiders say that BSP and SP resorted to the support owing to some favours to them as both the parties have been accused under irregular activities.
According to some sources, this support by the SP and BSP are sure to get some profit for the two political parties in their future moves and shady side. Even Mayawati has raked up the issue of Taj Corridor coinciding with its support to the UPA government. Mayawati blurted out her anger on the saffron party BJP for the accusations and CBI probe in the case and said that it was the nefarious design of the BJP.
While, Uttar Pradesh Ex Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and his family members were accused in disproportionate assets case.
The project was kicked off with the support of BJP and halted when Mayawati Bahujan Samaj Party alienated itself with the party on 25 August 2003.
This paradigm shift was due to Mayawati's quickly-changing temperament and because of the BJP's hostility toward the Taj Heritage Corridor project.
The support for the Corridor project came when Mayawati protected BJP leaders L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti from prosecution in the case of the demolition of the Babri Masjid by moving the trial of all charges except the conspiracy charge to a court in Rae Bareilly
It was alleged that Mayawati siphoned off the money assured for this project. Initially, the case saw some rapid progress, when CBI conducted extensive searches on her various addresses, and claimed that though she had claimed income of only Rs. 1.1 crores during her tenure as CM, her bank balance in a single bank went up to 2.5 crore and total assets held by her were estimated at Rs.15 crore. At one point a warrant was expected for her arrest, but she was granted a stay.
In September 2003 Ajay Agrawal, the former government counsel in the project, began accusing Mayawati of enriching herself from the Corridor project and also stated that Mayawati had recently acquired property both in her name and in the care of her relatives.
However, since late 2003, investigations appear to have slowed down; pointers and leads suggest about political interference, and the Supreme Court of India snubbed the CBI for its slow progress in the case. Even as various officials who had been investigating the case were transferred to other duties.
Recently, former UP chief minister and BSP president Mayawati got a big relief from the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court as it trashed all the six PILs in the Rs175-crore Taj heritage corridor scam. In July this year, the Supreme Court had asked the CBI to drop the DA case against Mayawati. She can now march into the campaign for the 2014 Lok Sabha election flaunting the taint free image.
The BSP has welcomed the verdict and termed that it was politically motivated while UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav said "She has already been punished and the people of UP have evicted her out of power."