Mayawati spent over Rs.14,000 cr on memorials: Congress
Accusing Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati of diverting central
government development funds for setting up parks, memorials and
statues, the Congress Tuesday said Mayawati has in this way misused
around Rs.14,000 crore.
'According to our estimate, ever since she (Mayawati) came to power in
July 2007, she has spent nearly Rs.14,000 crore on the construction of
statues, memorials and parks that do not have any significance in
terms of development,
told reporters at a press conference here.
'Not only this, we have also learnt that she (Mayawati) has a target
to spend nearly Rs. 11,000 crore more for parks, memorials and
statues,' he claimed.
According to Congress, Nirman Nigam -- one of the six government
departments involved in construction of memorials -- had alone spent
Rs.4,436.46 crore between July 2007 and August 2009 on the projects
relating to memorials to Dalit icon Bhimrao Ambedkar and Bahujan Samaj
Party (BSP) founder Kanshi Ram.
'It's really surprising that why the Comptroller and Auditor General
of India (CAG) is silent on the issue and not taking any action to
prevent any further bungling of funds by the state government,' said
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