Mayawati's statues, BSP symbols to be draped today after Election
NDTV Correspondent, Updated: January 09, 2012 07:46 IST
Lucknow, New Delhi: The elephant motifs and her four faced statues in
the company of Dalit greats were Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister
Mayawati's attempt at immortality.
So, on Sunday, when acting on an Election Commission directive the
departments that built her monuments came to mask them, they triggered
politics and drama.
In all, nearly 100 statues had to be covered in Lucknow and Noida.
First, the officials ran out of sheets and ideas. Then came the
realisation that the Election Commission was yet to send an official
order for covering the statues. So the covers came off. But, the
Lucknow District Magistrate said in the evening that they have
received the order and it will be implemented Monday onwards.
The Election Commission's directive virtually endorses the Congress'
stand that the statues were Mayawati's campaign material. Campaigning
in Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi
drove the association between the elephant and Mayawati's misrule.
"The miraculous elephant which Mayawati has created, eats out of poor
people's pockets," he said.
The BSP is already turning adversity into an advantage, signalling to
the Dalits that the party's opponents are targeting them and not
Mayawati or her monuments.
"Will the Election Commission also ban the cycle during the elections
in the state?" asked BSP leader SC Mishra.
Surprisingly, not all political players are with Rahul Gandhi, or the
Election Commission order on covering the statues. And that includes
"The Election Commission works abruptly," said JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav.
"The covering of the statues of the elephants and Mayawati appears to
be very irrational," said CPI leader D Raja.
The monuments with Mayawati statues, surrounded by figures from the
history of struggle for the oppressed were and are loaded in political
symbolism. But, will mere covering them in sheets of polythene alter
the course of politics in UP? Or will Mayawati turn the covered
statues into a political weapon to target the sabotage of her dreams.
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