According to news agency PTI, the former chief minister said that the money would be raised by taking contributions of Rs 2,000 from each member of the Samajwadi Party. He made the remark in the presence of Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Addressing a gathering to mark the birth anniversary of socialist leader Janeshwar Mishra, Yadav said, “The way police announces cash rewards…, I would tell my friends from the media that on the said night, some people from news channels had gone there. You tell us the names of those who damaged the building, we Samajwadi people will pool in with Rs 2,000 and give a cash reward of Rs 11 lakh.”
In June, the Samajwadi Party leader had said that the accusations were being made against him as the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was rattled after repeated defeats in series of by-elections. Taking a dig at the government, he had said, “People may be blind in love but I now know that they can be blind with jealousy and hatred.”
The former chief minister had also claimed that only one corner of the house was damaged, but the same was photographed in the manner that the condition appeared worse. He had said, “Wooden flooring along with many things in bungalow are intact. One damaged corner of house was photographed in way to make it look like house was left in a bad state.”
In June itself, Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik wrote a letter to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, seeking a thorough investigation in to the damage at the bungalow located at Vikramaditya Marg in Lucknow. He had termed the same as a very serious matter, adding that taxpayers money was at stake.