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BPL card holder in 2002, SP candidate Gayatri Prajapati now holds assets worth Rs 942.5 crore

Author: Vaibhav Tiwari
Publication: India.com
Date: February 8, 2017
URL:   http://www.india.com/news/india/bpl-card-holder-in-2002-sp-candidate-gayatri-prajapati-now-holds-assets-worth-rs-942-5-crore-1821063/

Gayatri Prasad Prajapati is considered close to former SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.

The Samajwadi Party candidate from Amethi, Gayatri Prajapati, who was a BPL card holder in 2002, now has total assets worth Rs 942.5 crore. According to reports, his close aides and relatives are directors in 13 companies.

According to a report in Dainik Bhaskar, his sons, brother and nephew head all these companies whereas his driver and a woman have assets worth Rs 50 crore. The report alleged that the annual turnover of these companies was upto Rs 100 crore. In the election affidavit, Prajapati has declared that his net worth is Rs 10 crore. Previously, he had declared assets worth Rs 1.83 crore.

Gayatri Prasad Prajapati is considered close to former SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav. In December last year, he was appointed party’s national secretary. Prajapati held the post of Cabinet minister in the Transport department in the Akhilesh Yadav government. Last month, UP CM Akhilesh Yadav dethroned Mulayam Singh Yadav as the party chief after the Election Commission awarded the party symbol to him after he showed overwhelming support of party MLAs.

Prajapti is contesting from Amethi on Samajwadi Party ticket. It is a controversial seat as the Congress party also wanted the seat for its candidate.

The Samajwadi Party and the Congress party are contesting the elections in an alliance in Uttar Pradesh. The Congress has got 105 seats whereas the Samajwadi Party will contest on 298 seats. The alliance almost came on the brink of a fissure on seats in Amethi-Rae Bareilly belt as Congress considered them as its bastion and wanted to contest on all of them. Congress President Sonia Gandhi brokered peace between the sparring sides. However, there are still reports of an unease in Congress regarding seat-distribution arrangement.

The polling for the first phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections will be held on February 11.
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