Uttar Pradesh minister Swati Singh lands in controversy after inaugurating beer bar, Yogi Adityanath seeks explanation

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday evening sought an explanation from a woman minister in his government after her pictures inaugurating a beer bar in the state capital went viral in the social media.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

Pictures show Minister of State for Women Welfare Swati Singh — accompanied by two senior IPS officers Gaurav Pandey (SSP, Raebareli) and his wife Neha Pandey (SP, Unnao) — inaugurating the beer bar by the name of 'Be the Beer' in Gomtinagar on Saturday. Incidentally, women across Uttar Pradesh are staging protests against liquor outlets demanding prohibiting liquor in the state as done in neighbouring Bihar.

The political circles were taken by surprise, as that there has been no such precedence and that the bar she inaugurated does not even have a valid licence so far.

Swati Singh is a new entrant to politics and came into the limelight last year after she launched a blistering campaign against BSP chief Mayawati, who in retaliation to her husband Daya Shankar Singh's objectionable remarks made similar comments about Swati and her daughter.

She won from the Sarojini Nagar assembly constituency in Lucknow and went on to become a minister.

Explanation has also been sought from the IPS couple as to how they left headquarters without the permission of their reporting authorities. Both officers were marked present on duty when they were attending the bar inauguration.

Inspector General of Police, Lucknow JN Singh has sought explanation from the two police officers. While BJP spokespersons refused to comment on the matter, some even saying they were not aware of it, opposition parties have blasted the minister for her conduct.

Ajay Kumar Lallu, the Leader of the Congress Legislature Party in the state assembly, said the incident had further exposed the "double character of the BJP leaders".

Updated Date: May 30, 2017 08:45 AM

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