Saturday, January 21, 2012

[ZESTCaste] 414 elephant statues, 11 of Maya covered: UP to EC

414 elephant statues, 11 of Maya covered: UP to EC

Lalmani Verma Posted online: Sat Jan 21 2012, 02:34 hrs
Lucknow : A total of 11 statues of UP Chief Minister Mayawati and 414
statues of elephants — the symbol of the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party -—
in various memorials, parks and Gautam Buddha University were covered
on the Election Commission's order earlier this month. In Lucknow,
three memorials were closed for public entry as these had three
statues of Mayawati.

The ECI had, on January 8, ordered the UP government to cover each and
every statue of the elephant and Mayawati, constructed and erected in
public places, to ensure level playing to the political parties.

According to the compliance report sent to EC by Chief Secretary Anoop
Mishra, six statues of Chief Minister Mayawati and 328 of the elephant
(both of stone and bronze) were covered in Lucknow and five statues of
Mayawati and 86 of the elephant along with 46 "Gajmukh" (faces of
elephants) were covered in Gautam Buddha Nagar.

Interestingly, the BSP had objected that statues of no other leader
and symbols of other parties had been covered. The EC then asked the
government to give details of such statues, but they reported back
that they could not find any. The compliance report stated, besides
Lucknow and Noida, Mayawati's statues are in her native village
Badalpur, near Noida.


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