AAP leader alleges scam in Kumbh Mela, cites CAG report

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AAP leader alleges scam in Kumbh Mela, cites CAG report

Tuesday, 24 August 2021 | PNS | Lucknow

Aam Aadmi Party, on Monday, hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party government in Uttar Pradesh while raising the issue related to alleged anomalies in Kumbh Mela, citing a Comptroller and Auditor General report.


In a statement, AAP Rajya Sabha member and incharge of UP, Sanjay Singh, said the scam was even bigger than the fodder scam as per the CAG report.


He said the expense of carrying garbage by a tractor was shown as Rs 33.50 lakh while mopeds and motorcycles were used for carrying the garbage.


Singh said the BJP did not let any chance to commit corruption be it the construction of Lord Shri Ram temple or Kumbh Mela.


He said the AAP leaders did not fear fake cases which were being slapped on them for raising voice against corruption. “We will keep fighting against the corruption in the BJP government,” he said.


He alleged that a massive corruption took place in the Yogi Adityanath government in 2019 in the Kumbh Mela held in Prayagraj as per the CAG report.


“In the CAG report it is stated that a massive anomaly took place in the Rs 2,700 crore funds allotted for organising Kumbh Mela. In the audit report it came to the surface that 32 tractors were purchased but the vehicles’ registration numbers are of cars, moped and motorcycles,” Singh claimed.


He presented the details of the CAG report and said Rs 2,743.60 crore were allotted to the Kumbh Mela Adhikari by the Urban Development department and Rs 2,112 crore was spent by July 2019.


“In the light of the record of the regional transport office, four of the vehicles’ registration numbers out of the 32 tractors purchased during the Kumbh Mela were of a moped, two cars and a motorcycle,” the AAP leader claimed.


“Besides this, different departments of state government had provided funds for purchasing items related to the Kumbh Mela but the Mela Adhikari did not provide the details of the same,” he claimed.


“In the CAG report, some of the purchases for the Kumbh Mela were done either beyond the limit to what was approved or without financial approval. The Urban Development department had issued Rs 105 crore funds for barricading, tents and tin work but the Mela Adhikari used Rs 143.13 crore in this head,” he said.


AAP chief spokesman Vaibhav Maheshwari said the crime branch had filed a final report in the CJM court in Muzaffarnagar district in the lack of evidence against AAP leader Sanjay Singh.

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