LUCKNOW: In a bid to pre-empt the Supreme Court from preventing her planned move to unveil over a dozen projects, comprising statues of the Bahujan Samaj Party founder and her mentor Kanshi Ram, six of them her own, along with a number of parks, Chief Minister Mayawati advanced her plan and executed the same, unannounced at a hurriedly organised function, here late on Thursday.However, she drew the ire of her political opponents as well as the man who had filed a PIL in the apex court.The total cost of the project is estimated to be around Rs 1,000 crore.

Advocate Ravi Kant, who filed the PIL in the SC against “misuse of public money on memorials” by the Mayawati Government, attributed the hurriedly organised function to the SC decision earlier on Thursday to hear his petition on June 29. While the case was originally scheduled to come for hearing on July 13, Kant had moved the apex court for an early date after learning of Mayawati’s plans to inaugurate some projects on July 3.Though Mayawati tried to justify her move, without any reference to the PIL, saying that if the other governments had not ignored great Dalit reformers while spending huge money on construction of Rajghat in Delhi, she would not have got the memorials constructed.Criticising the Government move as arbitrary, Kant was quoted as saying that Mayawati had tried to make it clear that she neither cares for public outcry nor has any respect even for the highest court in the country.

However, he vowed to continue his fight in the matter.“The manner in which the Chief Minister hurriedly unveiled the statues and parks on Thursday is indicative of her guilt at misusing government funds for party work,” Congress spokesman Akhilesh Pratap Singh said here on Friday.In Delhi, Congress leader Digvijay Singh demanded an inquiry into the whole episode, accusing her of wasting public money. “People will not forgive her. She has seen the result in the Lok Sabha elections earlier. The BSP will be finished in 2012,” Singh was quoted as saying.The Samajwadi Party of Mulayam Singh Yadav will hold a protest on July 3. Mulayam said in Lucknow that if given a chance, he would bulldoze the statues and memorials erected by the Mayawati Government.“A sense of insecurity has gripped the UP Government, as it thinks its days are numbered,” he added.BJP spokesman Hriday Narain Dixit said, “Mayawati’s move has raised a constitutional question as to whether any political party in power can misuse government funds.”

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All Indians know that Statues are erected in the memory of people of great eminence who have died. Does Mayawati consider herself dead? Public money is being wasted on such names who do not inspire any respect even in their own communities, leave aside All Indians. Or for that matter if Mayawati feels that people will be insired by the stately statues of herself, she is most naive in this part of the world.Oh God , please Bless Her Soul.

By A R Prabhakar
6/27/2009 3:00:00 PM

I guess the time has come when people of UP should wake up from their slumber. They should be more careful about their votes. At least they should not vote leaders on the basis of caste, creed, religion or region. I hope junta vote out this useless leader in the next assembly elections. Jaago UP jaago !

By Ashok Bhagwat
6/27/2009 1:14:00 PM

Mayawati is comparing herself with Bapu who has devoted his life for downtrodden harijans. shame on her ambition to rule India with this type of mentality. she forgot that people of UP has voted her not as a Dalit but as a leader who will respect democracy and be chief minister of biggest states. people of all castes including upper caste has given her clear cut mandate but she has proved them wrong. It is clear that she loves herself too much and she is the most selfish politician of UP.

By Lokenath Tiwary
6/27/2009 12:19:00 PM
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