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UP govt mum on chief secy outing.

THE Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday preferred to remain mum on the family trip of state's chief secretary Alok Ranjan. Samajwadi Party ( SP) spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary told M AIL T ODAY : " I have seen the report published in M AIL T ODAY but I will not be able to comment on the expenses ( of his trip) before going through the details." Earlier on Saturday, Chaudhary while being questioned about Ranjan's " all- expenses- paid" pleasure tour clarified that the latter was on an official trip to review the ongoing state government programmes and he has no idea as to how his family accompanied him to the Pilibhit and the Lakhimpur districts.

It is to be mentioned that Ranjan reached the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve on December 25 along with his family in a state government chopper and spent three days there.

Administrative sources informed that the government spent about ` 25 lakh on his outing, with 23 air conditioners and 20 silent generators installed at the reserve forest VVIP guest house to make their stay comfortable.

A Bhojpuri artiste -- Junior Baleshwar Yadav-- and his six- member troupe were reportedly paid ` 70,000 for entertaining the guests.

Even, the " illegal" helipad that was hurriedly assembled inside the tiger turf and the landing of the helicopter within the reserve limits flouted all wildlife protection norms.

Further, Pilibhit district magistrate Om Narayan Singh, superintendent of police Sonia Singh and other officials bent over backwards to ensure the babu and his family was kept in good humour.

However, the chopper was sent back to Lucknow on December 26 after the visuals of the chopper were leaked in the media.

The " secret" tour could not be kept under wraps as a sanctuary staff videographed the grand welcome and which reached the media.

Ranjan along with his family left for Lakhimpur by road on Saturday and reached Lucknow later in the evening on a state government airplane.

The Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) on Sunday raised strong objections over the IAS's family trip on state government expenses.

State BJP spokesperson V. B. Pathak said: " All the ministers and the bureaucrats in the present SP government are ensuring how to spend the hard- earned money of the people of the state. If the log book of the choppers and the airplanes that were on duty on December 25 are checked, it will clear the image." The state BJP also issued a press note on Sunday mentioning the details of the expenses of Ranjan's family trip that was published in M AIL T ODAY . BJP's state head L. K. Bajpai told M AIL T ODAY : " The BJP thanks Mail Today for its news and we assure that we will be the front runners is raising such issues." UP chief secretary Alok Ranjan ( inset ) reached the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve on December 25 along with his family in a state government chopper and spent three days there.

The BJP thanks Mail Today for its news and we assure that we will be the front runners in raising such issues.

' ' -- L. K. Bajpai, BJP president, UP Samajwadi Party ( SP) spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary told Mail Today: " I have seen the report published in Mail Today but I will not be able to comment on the expenses ( of his trip) before going through the details.

' ' -- Rajendra Chaudhary Spokesperson, Samajwadi Party Alok Ranjan spent ` 25 lakh on his tour

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