PIL filed against Bahujan Samaj Party over 25th anniversary expenses
Allahabad, Mar 19: A public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed
before the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court asking a Central
Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into the expenses by the ruling
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on March 15 to mark the 25th anniversary of
The PIL has been filed by three lawyers, who alleged that about Rs 175
crores was spent in the rally and around Rs 25 crores on the garland
that was presented to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BSP supreme
The PIL is expected to come up for hearing on Monday.
Bahujan Samaj Party rival Samajwadi Party (SP) meanwhile, has demanded
registration of an FIR against Mayawati for publicly accepting the
garland made of currency notes.
Mujahid Kidwai, the secretary of Samajwadi Party has said the currency
garland has made a mockery of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)'s
mandatory guidelines on the country's currency.
Despite being criticised over the currency garland controversy,
Mayawati had on Wednesday defied the authorities by appearing again
with a second currency garland.
She was severely criticized both inside and outside Parliament as the
currency garland controversy sparked demands for a Central Bureau of
Investigation (CBI) probe into the source of money used to make the
garland reportedly worth Rs 5 crore.
Income tax officials have reportedly been ordered to investigate the
source from which the cash garland that was presented to Mayawati on
The probe was ordered after proceedings in Parliament were suspended
on Tuesday over the issue.
The Samajwadi Party and the Congress both have demanded a Central
Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into the matter, questioning the
source from where the money had come.
Congress leader Digvijay Singh has accused Mayawati of misusing public
money, and said that she is not the daughter of a Dalit, but the
daughter of wealth.
Yoga Guru Swami Ramdev has also criticized her of doing business
The multi-crore garland was just a small part of the extravagant Rs
200 crore celebrations that marked the BSP's 25th anniversary, and its
founder Kanshi Ram's birthday, with a massive rally in Lucknow.
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