LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today promised full cooperation with regard to the case of rape-accused elusive minister Gayatri Prasad Prajapati as per the directions of the Supreme Court.
"The matter is in the Supreme Court...The government will fully cooperate and go by its order," Yadav said in response to a question at a hurriedly-convened press conference here.
When his attention was drawn to the tweet by state BJP president Keshav Prasad Maurya that Prajapati has been hiding in the Chief Minister's house, Akhilesh asked the mediapersons to follow him with their cameras to check for themselves.
Prajapati and some of his aides have been accused of gang-raping a woman and molesting his daughter. The victims had knocked at the doors of the Supreme Court, on whose directive an FIR has been registered by the UP Police against the ruling Samajwadi Party politician.
However, Prajapati continues to be elusive.
Akhilesh has been facing severe attack from the BJP over the Prajapati episode, especially since he is contesting as a Samajwadi Party candidate from Amethi and the Chief Minister had campaigned in that constituency.
At the press conference held as the electioneering in UP entered the last phase, Akhilesh targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, questioning what work had been undertaken by his three-year-old government in the state.
'Wada khilafi loktantra mein sabse bada corruption hai... Zyada TV par dikhna bhi corruption hai" (going back on promises is the biggest corruption in a democracy and being seen too much on TV is also corruption)," he said.
On Modi's 'kaam bolta hai" campaign, the Chief Minister cited the various works of his government like Kanya vidhyadhan and four-laning of roads and construction of bridges and highways.