Akhilesh Yadav's sister-in-law Aparna Yadav today said that allegations of the previous government showing special consideration in granting doles under the state cow welfare fund to her NGO was a clear case on vendetta politics and that there was no wrongdoing on her part or that of her husband. Speaking exclusively to India TV, Aparna said that that the allegations were baseless and that the grant of funds was made to a trust, which she or her husband have little to do with.
Aparna was reacting to a revelation through an RTI that said that 86 per cent of the erstwhile SP government's cow welfare fund went to the NGO run by her. "The fund was given to the trust, nothing wrong has been done. The government will have to give proper answer for the allegation. We will fight it out in court," she said.
"We are supporting a good cause. My brother (Akhilesh Yadav) supported us because we are doing something good for animals," she added.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister of UP, Keshav Prasad Maurya told India TV that the government is looking into the matter and that a proper investigation will be carried out if any irregularities are found.
Nearly 86 per cent of the grant sanctioned by the SP government for organisations working for cow welfare in Uttar Pradesh went to an NGO run by the then chief minister Akhilesh Yadav's sister-in-law Aparna Yadav, the RTI reply revealed.
To a query by activist Nutan Thakur, the UP Gau Sewa Aayog replied that from 2012 to 2017, it sanctioned Rs 9.66 crore, of which Rs 8.35 crore (86.4 per cent) went to Jeev Ashraya, the NGO run by Aparna Yadav.
Aparna is the wife of Prateek Yadav, the step-brother of Akhilesh Yadav. Her NGO runs a gaushala at Amausi in Lucknow district.
The Aayog comes under the state Animal Husbandry department and gives funds to guashalas (cowsheds) and organisations working for the welfare of cows.
In the reply, the Aayog's Public Information Officer Sanjay Yadav said that during financial years 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15, Jeev Ashraya was given Rs 49.89 lakh, Rs 1.25 crore and Rs 1.41 crore, respectively.
In the financial year 2015-16, Jeev Ashray got Rs 2.58 crore, while Sripad Baba Goshala in Vrindavan got Rs 41 lakh, the RTI reply stated.
"In 2016-17, of the total grant of Rs 3.45 crore, Jeev Ashraya got Rs 2.55 crore, while among other four NGOs, Sripad Goshala got Rs 63 lakh," it stated.
Nutan Thakur is the wife of IPS officer Amitabh Thakur who had running feud with the Samajwadi Party's first family. Aparna Yadav was not immediately available for comments.