Two days after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath sought an explanation from his Cabinet minister Swati Singh about her presence at the inauguration of a beer bar in Lucknow on May 20, the latter has refused to comment on the issue, ANI reported today.
“UP CM Yogi Adityanath sought an explanation from me, I have nothing more to say”, she was quoted as saying by the agency.
As per an IE report, several hoardings put up by the bar, ‘Be The Beer’, have shown the minister and her husband Dayashankar Singh, the state BJP vice-president, who had landed in controversy after making derogatory remarks against BSP chief Mayawati before Assembly polls, as chief guests.
Last Monday, Lucknow Range Inspector General Jai Narain Singh asked for an explanation from a husband-wife IPS officer duo — Rae Bareli SP Gaurav Singh and Unnao SP Neha Pandey, who were also reportedly part of the event. The I-G said that the bar did not have the permanent liquor licence.
A statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) on Monday said that Yogi Adityanath has asked Swati Singh to “give an explanation after getting information about the whole issue”, the daily said.
The CM also issued an order to seek an explanation from officers who were also part of the event. BJP state leader Manish Shukla said he was not aware of details of the circumstances in which the minister had gone to inaugurate the beer bar.
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“The two officers have been asked to respond in three days. They have been asked to explain in (what) circumstances they left their districts and went to the inauguration without inquiring whether the bar had a permanent licence. The bar had an only temporary licence for one day, ” I-G Singh was quoted as saying by Indian Express.