File photo of former UP minister Gayatri Prajapati who was arrested in Lucknow on Wednesday on charges of gang rape
From a small- time white-wash contractor to a cabinet minister in Akhilesh Yadav’s government in Uttar Pradesh to his arrest in Lucknow on Wednesday on charges of gang rape, it has been roller coaster ride for Gayatri Prasad Prajapati.
Prajapati, who was cabinet minister for transport in the outgoing SP government, is the prime accused in the gang rape case lodged with Lucknow’s Gautampalli police station on February 18. The case was registered after the Supreme Court ordered an inquiry into the complainant’ s allegations and asked for an action taken report to be submitted within eight weeks. A woman from Chitrakoot had accused Prajapati and six of his aides of gang-raping her and attempting to rape her minor daughter
Considered close to Samajwadi Party (SP) patriarch, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Prajapati, 49, shot to limelight for the first time in 2012 when he defeated Congress’ Amita Singh, wife of senior Congress leader Sanjay Singh from Amethi, the Gandhi family stronghold. He lost the just-concluded assembly election to BJP’s Garima Singh.
Before 2012, Gayatri was just an office bearer of one of the SP’s frontal organisations. He contested election for the first time in 1996 on Bahujan Kranti Dal ticket and lost. He also lost twice more in 2002 and 2007 from Amethi on SP ticket.
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