Controversy has gripped one of CM Yogi Adityanath’s minister whose picture of inaugurating a beer bar went viral in the state capital on Monday.
Surprisingly, the minister is a woman and the controversy has taken at a time when women across the state are staging protests against liquor outlets demanding prohibiting liquor in the state as done in the neighbouring state of Bihar last year.
The minister is none other than Swati Singh who is the minister for women and child welfare and the event dates back to May 20 when Singh inaugurated the Bee the Beer bar in posh Gomtinagar.
After investigation, it was found that the bar belongs to Deep Sikha Singh who is a native of Jaunpur and is from a prominent business family in Lucknow.
There are inputs that Unnao SP Neha Pandey and Raebarelli SP Gaurav Pandey also attended the event. Though Neha has confirmed to the media that she attended the programme, there is no picture to confirm the presence of the two IPS officers.
HUSBAND’S CONTROVERSIAL PAST
It is to be mentioned that Swati is the wife of BJP leader Daya Shanker Singh who came to limelight when he used derogatory words against BSP chief Mayawati.
However, protests against Singh by BSP backlashed when the then BSP leader Naseemudin Siddiqui used foul language against Singh’s mother and daughter after which BJP gave ticket to Swati from the Sarojininagar seat of Lucknow. Swati gained sympathy especially from the women and won the seat comfortably.
Meanwhile, Swati could not be contacted after repeated attempts and the BJP has maintained a safe stand.
“I came to know about this through the media. It is someone’s personal matter as to where he or she goes and in what circumstances she chose to inaugurate the establishment is her own whole and sole discretion,” said state BJP spokesperson Manish Shukla.
“This shows the real face of the BJP. Before the elections, they were making high claims and boasting of ‘Ram Rajya’. However, now they have forgotten everything after coming into power,” SP spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said.
Later in the evening, IG Range JN Singh took cognisance and has sought explanation from the IPS couple. Singh has asked the couple as to why they left the district. However, Neha said she had informed her seniors before coming to Lucknow. “My husband (Gaurav Pandey SP Raebarelli) was on leave that day and I came along with him,” Neha explained.
Meanwhile, as the news started airing on news channels, the beer bar was closed by evening. Sources in the administration also informed that the bar was illegally serving liquor as it was given the permission to serve beer only for three days i.e. May 20 to May 22 for a party and its full time license is still pending.