Akhilesh sacks two ministers facing allegations of corruption

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today sacked state Mining Minister Gayatri Prajapati and Panchayti Raj Minister Rajkishore Singh who were facing allegations of corruption.

Yadav was said to be unhappy with Prajapati who was mired in controversy over allegations of promoting illegal mining, while allegations of land grabbing and corruption had been levelled against Singh.

The action comes close on the heels of SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav sounding a warning to party leaders, saying that action needed to be taken against those involved in land grabbing and other corrupt activities if the party wanted to return to power in the 2017 Assembly elections.

The Chief Minister has sacked Gayatri Prajapati and Rajkishore Singh. A letter in this regard has been received by the Raj Bhawan, a senior official told PTI.

Prajapati's sacking comes days after the High Court rejected the SP government's plea to withdraw an order for a CBI probe into alleged illegal mining in the state.