‘I quit’: UP minister Dinesh Khatik says he was being kept in the dark by officials

Lucknow: Influential Western Uttar Pradesh Dalit minister Dinesh Khatik on Wednesday submitted his resignation to the state cabinet, complaining that officials were not listening to him or sharing any information about his ministry.

A two-time MLA, Khatik was inducted as Minister of State (MoS) for Hydropower by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in September last year.

A copy of his resignation letter that surfaced on social media, addressed to Union Home Minister Amit Shah rather than the Chief Minister, is being interpreted as a move to indicate that he may be open to the party. subject

Dalits along with OBCs have been the pillar of BJP’s resounding victory in UP.

Khatik’s letter was not directly aimed at Water Power Minister Swatantra Dev Singh but felt that the MoS should not expect more than the bureaucratic, official car he said.

In her letter, which repeatedly referred to the fact that she is a Dalit, Khatik said that officials did not invite her to any departmental meetings on matters related to the ministry.

The minister mentioned an instance that despite the government and the higher officials of the department asking for information in the background of complaints of mismanagement and corruption in the department on July 9 last, there was no response.

“Keeping in view Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s zero tolerance for corruption, on July 9 I asked for details about the transfers made in the department during 2022-23 but that too was not provided to me,” Khatik said in his letter.

“When I asked for clarification, my phone was disconnected in the middle of the conversation and this is a great insult to an elected public representative,” Khatiq’s letter said, accusing the top irrigation department official of insulting him and the Dalits. He alleged widespread corruption in the Namami Gange project and departmental transfers and postings. “Any agency can investigate my allegations independently,” he said.

Hours before his resignation letter emerged, Khatiq refused to comment on speculation that he might resign as minister. “”Koi eyh nahi hai (no problem),” Khatiq, who represents Meerut’s Hastinapur constituency in the assembly, told reporters as he got into his private car outside his Meerut home.

Some of his aides have suggested that the minister is likely to travel to Delhi for a meeting with party leaders.

To be sure, Khatik was in Lucknow on Monday and attended a departmental meeting for some time, said a senior party leader. But later he returned home in Hastinapur and switched off the phone.

Khatik’s senior minister Swatantra Dev Singh, who is also the state BJP chief, had earlier denied rumors that the junior minister was unhappy. “I talk to him every day,” Singh said.

To be sure, Dinesh Khatiq threatened to resign last year because of the police action against a trader in Meerut’s Ganganagar and the reluctance of local police officers to act on his directives.

There are unconfirmed reports that the minister, who had earlier met a senior BJP functionary at the BJP office, suggested that he meet the party leadership about the reasons for his displeasure.

Commenting on UP ministers going into sulk mode, former minister and Suhaildev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) chief said: “Like this, state ministers do not have much say. Maybe it’s all an exercise to become a cabinet minister.

Rajbhar said, “I know Swatantra Dev, who heads the department, is a hard-working minister and a grassroots leader.”

Akhilesh Yadav responded

“If there is no respect in being a minister and no respect for being a Dalit, in such a situation to ensure the respect of one’s community, resignation is the best and logical thing to do… sometimes the bulldozer moves backwards,” Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav tweeted.

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