04 December, 2020

A Tag On The Taj

Rebuffed by Delhi, and with documentary evidence out on the Taj corridor scam, CM Mayawati is in a spot Updates

A Tag On The Taj
outlookindia.com
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Hours after meekly surrendering in the face of some tough talk by Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee and deputy PM L.K. Advani on the issue of tourism minister Jagmohan's resignation, UP chief minister Mayawati, for the first time in her current tenure, gave vent to her spleen. Returning to Lucknow, she told party workers, "It isn't just my responsibility to ensure the smooth running of the coalition," and added her oft-repeated warning: "Be ready for polls."

But such posturing apart, Mayawati knows the cbi probe into the Taj Trapezium Zone (TTZ) scam could land her in serious trouble. cbi officials investigating the case say there is no way a project involving Rs 175 crore could have been passed without the CM's consent. Consider the following:

  • Documentary evidence with Outlook points to the fact that on November 1, 2002, Mayawati's government under orders of state environment secretary R.K. Sharma okayed the release of Rs 17 crore to the National Projects Construction Committee (NPCC) for starting work.

  • Minutes of a meeting confirms the decision...
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