Don’t make changes to memorials: Maya to SP

Ex-UP CM warned ruling party, move to make changes in parks and statues built by her can create law and order problem.

Published: 14th April 2012 02:24 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 07:30 PM   |  A+A-

LUCKNOW (PTI): BSP chief Mayawati, who had drawn flak from the Supreme Court for wasting taxpayers' money by building parks and installing her statues, today warned the ruling SP in Uttar Pradesh that any move to make changes in the memorials erected during her regime could create law and order problem.

"The ruling SP should take a lesson from the BSP government which did not make any dent in the honour and prestige of the various parks and memorials set up by the Mulayam Singh Yadav government in the name of its ideologues and great men," she said at a function after paying floral tributes to Dr B R Ambedkar here.

The former chief minister warned against any move to make changes in the parks saying "it would create a law and order problem not only in the state but also in the country".

"The SP government should not indulge in any act which could create a problem in the country and their government could also face serious problem," she said.

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday had announced that while the previous regime had built parks and statues, his government will set up IT park in Lucknow to attract companies to the state capital.

IANS reports:

AGRA: A mass marriage, thousands of people and illuminations in a 10 km area... the stage is set for Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati to make her first public appearance, after her defeat in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, at the 121st birth anniversary celebrations of dalit icon Bhimrao R. Ambedkar.

The former chief minister will do the honours Sunday at the annual Ambedkar Jayanti celebrations at the newly created Bheem Nagri in Dhanuali, 10 km from here. It will be an ambitious programe that will also see Mayawati attempt to win over dalit vote bank.

"Everyone is waiting to hear Mayawati, what she will say and if she will spell out the party line for future action programmes," said Geetam Singh, a BSP activist.

The meeting Sunday will be preceded by an Ambedkar Jayanti procession with brass bands, tableaux depicting life and message of the dalit messiah, who is the chief architect of the constitution of India, a glittering march of horses and maybe even elephants if the forest department permits.

The procession will meander its way through the main streets of Agra Saturday evening and end up at Bheem Nagri Sunday afternoon.

More than 400 buses will ferry people to the venue of the spectacular dalit show Sunday.

The backdrop of the massive stage will a 80 x 40 feet replica of parliament. Opposite that will be a replica of the India Gate.

Bharat Singh, general secretary of the central organising committee, said six specially decorated gates have been put up and a 10 km area would be lit up and will have 300 loudspeakers. Arrangements have been made to seat 10,000 people.

Besides, a huge 'baraat' of 101 bridegrooms will reach the venue where a mass marriage has been arranged according to Buddhist rituals.

Mayawati is coming for the fourth time to participate in this programme.

Political observers say she will use the platform to mobilise her vote bank and the rank and file of the party with an eye on the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

"She is set on parliament and that is why the backdrop shows the Sansad Bhavan in glorious splendour. The dalits have to ensure now that she rides to power in New Delhi," commented a BSP worker, Arvind Pushkar.

Ambedkar Jayanti celebrations in Agra, called the dalit capital of north India because of the huge concentration of dalits, most engaged in the shoe-making industry, are grand and unique. They were initially aimed at showing dalit empowerment as a response to the Ram Lila celebrations of the upper castes.


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