3 December 2010 Last updated at 13:14 GMT
India court okays Dalit leader Mayawati's statues park
Construction was stopped at the park in October last year
India's Supreme Court has said work can resume at a memorial park
being built by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati in the Delhi
suburb of Noida.
The court said 50% of the 75-acre park must have trees as it was close
to a bird sanctuary and that only 25% could involve permanent
Ms Mayawati is an icon for India's 160 million low-caste Hindus.
She is famous for building statues of herself and other Dalit icons
but denies encouraging a personality cult.
The Supreme Court has appointed a three-member expert group to ensure
the park is built according to guidelines.
It had ordered the Mayawati government to stop building work in October 2009.
Mayawati, seen here wearing a garland of 1,000-rupee notes (Photo:
Huge numbers of statues commissioned by Ms Mayawati can be seen in the
state capital, Lucknow, and other towns and cities of Uttar Pradesh.
Critics accuse her of self-glorification. She accuses them of
conspiring against her.
Uttar Pradesh is one of India's most deprived states, with a high
crime rate and poor health indicators.
Ms Mayawati's spending on statues and memorials has been described as
"shameful" by India's Home Minister P Chidambaram.
Last year, she unveiled 15 new memorials, including two of herself.
Statues of political leaders are generally put up posthumously, but Ms
Mayawati says that belief is outdated.
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