Former Congress leader, Jitin Prasada who joined the party last year, is also seething with resentment at the Chief Minister and is meeting with the BJP top brass in Delhi.
Uttar Pradesh: Minister Dinesh Khatik from the Yogi Adityanath cabinet has sent his resignation to Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday, complaining of being sidelined because he is a Dalit.
Mr. Khatik serves as the state’s Water Resources minister, has said in his letter that he was not assigned any work for 100 days. “I am resigning because I am hurt,” he says in the letter that alleges irregularities in departmental transfers.
“I was not given any importance because I am a Dalit. I have no authority as a minister. My working as a minister of state is a waste for the Dalit community – I am not called for any meetings and am not told anything about my ministry. This is an insult to the Dalit community,” the resignation letter read.
According to sources, the party is trying to convince him to take back his resignation.
Former Congress leader, Jitin Prasada, who joined the party last year, is also seething with resentment at the Chief Minister and is meeting with the BJP top brass in Delhi.
Mr. Prasada is said to be upset over an official of his team being suspended by the CM.
Mr. Prasada serves in the Public Works Department (PWD) the department faces corruption allegations. The CMO reportedly ordered a probe and several officials were to be found indulging in bribe acceptance.
On Tuesday, the UP government suspended five senior PWD officers over serious irregularities in departmental transfers.
Mr. Prasada’s Officer on Special Duty Anil Kumar Pandey, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, was among those accused of taking bribes for transfers and postings.
Mr. Pandey was suspended and a vigilance probe was launched against him.
Mr. Prasada has also been questioned about corruption. According to sources, the CM summoned him and took him to task over the corruption charge against his aide.
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