Beni justifies gifts to journalists as investment

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    Addressing a press conference in Faizabad, Mr.Verma accepted that he had distributed cash and other items to journalists.
    Facing criticism for distributing cash and gifts to journalists in Lucknow, Union Minister Beni Prasad Verma was on Wednesday unapologetic and even said those attacking him were “fools” as he was only “investing money to get good returns.”
    Addressing a press conference in Faizabad, Mr.Verma accepted that he had distributed cash and other items to journalists, and said, “I have earned so I am distributing...I am a trader, I know where to invest money to get good returns.”
    He said he was distributing money from the amount earned by his Ministry. The Steel Ministry has earned Rs.10,000 crore, he said. “Why are people criticising me for spending Rs.2 crore on journalists? Journalists work for us, do our publicity...those who are criticising me for this act are fools,” he said. The Minister said he is soon going to give “handsome things” to journalists in Faizabad and adjoining areas.
    The beneficiaries included Congress workers from Mr.Verma’s home district Barabanki, his constituency Gonda and local journalists who have been made members of the Council with the tenure till March 31, 2014, sources had said on Tuesday.
    SP and BJP had criticised the Minister for making Congress activists and journalists members of Steel Consumers’ Council and distributing cash and gifts to them at its meeting. More than 1,000 members were given cash, mobile and a trolley bag each at the 24th meeting of the Council held in Lucknow on Monday, and over Rs.1 crore were spent on it, sources said. Condemning the act, BJP chief spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak had demanded a high-level probe into the matter.
    Samajwadi Party leader Om Prakash Singh said it was unfortunate that a Central Minister was involved in such an act. “If he (Mr.Verma) thinks he could win hearts of people by distributing money and gifts, he is wrong,” Mr.Singh had said.
     
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    Nothing wrong in spending Rs 2-4 crore on media: Beni | The Indian Express

    Union Minister Beni Prasad Verma has kicked up another controversy by stating that nothing was wrong in spending Rs two to four crores on media as he was only “investing money to get good returns” in terms of publicity.

    Contending that his Steel Ministry has earned Rs 10,000 crore, the minister, facing allegations of giving cash and gifts to journalists, said, “Spending Rs one crore on media is not a big deal.

    “If you have earned Rs.10,000 crore, what is wrong in spending Rs two to four crores on media for our publicity. If publicity will not happen, who will know us”.

    Lashing out at the ruling Samajwadi government in Uttar Pradesh, he said those criticising him for spending money on media, “which is the fourth pillar in our democracy”, are “fools”.

    More than 1,000 members of the Steel Consumers’ Council besides journalists were given suitcases and mobile each at its meeting held in Lucknow on Monday.

    The beneficiaries included Congress workers from Verma’s home district Barabanki, his constituency Gonda and local journalists who have been made members of the Council, sources said.

    “I am a trader, I know how to invest money to get good returns. If I give one paisa, I know how to get back four paise,” an unapologetic Verma said.

    SP and BJP had criticised the minister for making Congress activists and journalists members of the Council and allegedly distributing cash and gifts to them at its meeting.

    Condemning the act, BJP chief spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak had demanded a high-level probe into the matter.

    Samajwadi Party leader Om Prakash Singh said it was unfortunate that a central minister was involved in such an act. “If he (Verma) thinks he could win hearts of people by distributing money and gifts, he is wrong,” Singh had said.

    UP Congress leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi said there was nothing wrong in bags being distributed at such a function.
    “What is objectionable about this? she asked.

    The minister had earlier kicked up a controversy when he took on the Supreme Court for its directions on a whole gamut of issues, saying it is better for the industry to invite a judge of the apex court at a function than a minister.

    Verma had also drawn the ire of SP when he alleged that Mulayam Singh Yadav has “terrorist links”.
     

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