Thursday, February 16, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Lucknow as pretty as Paris: Mayawati

Lucknow as pretty as Paris: Mayawati
TNN | Feb 17, 2012, 04.27AM IST

Uttar Pradesh chief minister and BSP supremo Mayawati addresses an
election rally in Rai Bareilly.

LUCKNOW: Justifying the expenditure on dalit monuments in the city,
BSP chief Mayawati equated Lucknow with Paris. "Hamara Lucknow ab
Paris ki tarah aalishan our sundar lagta hai (Our Lucknow looks as
magnificent and beautiful as Paris)," she said while addressing a
rally here just three days before the city would go to the poll on
Sunday. She added that opposition parties get envy when visitors and
tourists appreciate the new face of Lucknow. Especially targeting
Samajwadi Party leaders, she said that sheer jealousy forced Mulayam
Singh and his family-members claim that they would bulldoze the
memorials if elected.

Oblivious to the existence of Paris, Raju Gautam, a villager from
Mohanlalganj area, revealed that some roads in his village were
constructed. "The roads in the city may be good but the fate of our
village is yet to change," he stated. Still he backs Behanji for
getting Ambedkar statues installed in the city. "Everyone must know
what he did for us. Baba Saheb is our god," said the dalit labourrer.

In her 40-minute speech, the CM spoke on issues of reservation, quota
within quota, corruption and lack of Central support. Seeing a
significant presence of burka-clad women in the first few rows, the CM
said, "The Congress party has always cheated Muslims and others just
treat them as a vote bank. The community must watch out." Zahida Bano,
who raised slogans as loudly as her vocal cords permitted, ardently
agreed with the CM. She had come along with at least 100 women from
the old city. The BSP chief also questioned the Election Commission's
step to get all elephant statues draped. She urged the people to prove
the EC wrong by fetching BSP more seats than what the party got in the
previous elections.

"I have come here to warn you all. All the opposition parties are
hand-in-glove. Claiming that they have great respect for Manyavar
Kanshiram and Babasaheb Ambedkar, they are promising moon. But I want
to tell you that all the promises are fake," she said, adding that
everyone must know that what would happen if any of the three parties
come to power. "With SP, the goonda raaj will come back. The Congress,
which has been out of power for the past 22 years is too desperate to
get UP, will make policies that will leave you all jobless while the
BJP will also make your life difficult," she said, finishing off with
the new slogan 'Chadh vipaksha ki chhati par, button dabao haathi

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