Mayawati is stone-hearted 'Murti-devi'
The Congress Monday lashed out at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister
Mayawati for seeking funds for implementing Right to Education Act in
the state, calling her a stone-hearted 'murti-devi' (statue).
'Murtidevi Mayawati is saying like stone-hearted statues that there is
no money for education of children,' Congress spokesperson Abhishek
Manu Singhvi told reporters here.
'She has raised statues worth crores and is now raising a force for
children. This reflects the thinking of Murti-devi Mayawati who is
anti-people, anti-children and against empowerment of people,' he
The Right to Education Act came into force April 1 and promises free
and compulsory education up to Class 8 in the country.
Singhvi said: 'It's a political mindset that injects politics into
welfare of Uttar Pradesh children.' Mayawati fears that if 'people
become educated and start thinking properly, they would start
questioning her decisions about constructing her own statues,' he
Singhvi said implementing the Right to Education countrywide would
require Rs. 1.7 lakh crore in the first five years, of which 55 per
cent would be provided by the central government and 45 per cent by
The state government is required to provide less than half of
Rs.18,000 crore to implement it, he said, adding that of the 90 lakh
to 95 lakh children out of school in the country, one-third are in
The act provides for education to students in the age group of 6-14
and specially focuses on bringing 8.1 million children of this age
group back to classrooms.
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