Saturday, January 30, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Maya raising private militia at taxpayer’s cost, says Cong

Maya raising private militia at taxpayer's cost, says Cong

30 Jan 2010, 0242 hrs IST, ET Bureau

NEW DELHI: The Congress on Friday trained its guns on Uttar Pradesh
chief minister Mayawati over her government's move to raise a security
force for
the protection of monuments and memorials in the state of Dalit leaders.

Describing it as step to build a "private militia" at the "taxpayers'
expense", Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari criticised the UP CM for
putting up her own statues. "The UP chief minister is raising a
security force not to protect human beings but statues," Mr Tewari
said. He added that these were the same statues and memorials whose
construction had been halted under the Supreme Court's orders. He said
at a time when the state had an acute shortage of policemen and the
country was emerging out of draught and economic meltdown, Ms Mayawati
decision showed what the UP government's real priorities were.

Mr Tewari also took a dig at Ms Mayawati for installing her own
statues at a number of places in the state, saying statues of living
persons are not installed. The UP government had on Thursday tabled a
Bill in the state Assembly for raising a special force to provide
security to the various memorials, statues and parks set up under the
BSP government.

In the backdrop of criticism over the UP government's massive spending
on statues and memorials of Dalit icons, Ms Mayawati on Friday told
the state Assembly that no fresh allocation had been made for that
purpose in the budget for the next fiscal.


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