UP ministers enjoy foreign trip as SP leaders watch B’wood stars

The ministers in Akhilesh Yadav Cabinet, who are part of a 17-member government delegation that also included some legislators, embarked on the 20-day-long tour of the UK, Turkey, Netherlands, Greece and the UAE to study Parliamentary techniques in those countries, official sources said in Lucknow.

Urban Development Minister Azam Khan, who is also in-charge of Muzaffarnagar district, led the delegation that also comprised ministers Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya, Ambika Chowdhury, Om Prakash Singh, Abhishek Mishra, Bhagwat Sharan Gangwar, Shiv Kumar Beria and Yogesh Singh, the sources said.

Film stars like Salman Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Alia Bhat, Sara Khan, Soha Ali Khan, music composer duo Sajid-Wajid and singer Javed Ali and their teams have already reached the Mulayam Singh Yadav family’s native village in Etawah district in seven chartered aircraft for the grand finale of the annual ‘Saifai Mahotsav’ that ended on Wednesday night.

With the state government under attack over the cultural extravaganza amid the controversy over Muzaffarnagar riots victims, the live coverage of the event has been banned by the district administration.

According to district magistrate P Guruprasad, unlike in previous years, the live coverage of the event will not be allowed though one to two minute clips can be made.

Besides the chief minister and his father and SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, party general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav, PWD minister Shivpal Singh Yadav and other state ministers are due to attend the event.

Congress leader Akhilesh Pratap Singh criticised the SP government for sending the ministers on ‘foreign junket’, saying it was busy in ‘fun and frolic’ at a time when people were dying of cold in the state and Muzaffarnagar riot victims were ‘suffering’ and living in a ‘pitiable’ condition.

BJP chief spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak alleged that the state ministers were interested in having ‘fun’ instead of public service.
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