Agri ministers at loggerheads over purchase of seeds

Rajeev Kumar admitted that he had written to the chief minister on October 26 last year. "But I had never mentioned the name of cabinet minister and not even of any officer. I am a minister of state and I inform the CM about developments in the department through letters," he said.

Anand Singh, who was in Delhi, said he would talk about the matter after returning to Lucknow. But sources said he had written a letter to Akhilesh, questioning his junior's actions.

However, Alok Ranjan said that the purchases were made in a fair manner. "It was decided earlier that government bodies producing seeds will be considered for making supply. No private or other body will be considered," he explained. As for the junior minister's allegations, he said the UPSDC had been asked to clarify.

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