Thursday, February 16, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Parks and statues have turned Lucknow into Paris: Mayawati

Parks and statues have turned Lucknow into Paris: Mayawati

According to the CM, Lucknow's fame due its Dalit memorials, could not
be tolerated by the opposition

Virendra Nath Bhatt

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo
Mayawati, claimed that she has turned Lucknow into Paris in a short
span of five years by building so many parks and memorials of Dalit

Mayawati lashed out at the Opposition for targeting the statues and
memorials constructed in her regime. "Opposition leaders can criticise
me and can even go up to the extent of saying they will demolish the
statues and memorials if they come to power, showing their anti-Dalit
mindset, but people are appreciating the work done in Lucknow that
made it like Paris," she said while addressing her first election
meeting at the Sarojini Nagar Assembly constituency in the state

"Lucknow has become a place of attraction in the country and even in
the world due to my work to honour the Dalit messiahs which could not
be tolerated by the opposition parties," she added. Mayawati said her
government was only concerned about development in the state during
its five-year regime. She said the success of her "development drives"
will result in the state enjoying a 24-hour power supply in the next
couple of years. "None of the other political parties could have done
such work in just five years as has been achieved by the BSP," she

Mayawati said it was her party's intention to see development in the
state that made her move a proposal to divide it in four parts,
Poorvanchal, Bundelkhand, Paschim Pradesh and Awadh Pradesh. The
proposal, said the CM, had been sent to the Centre for approval,
"without any positive response from them."

She accused the Centre of meting out a step-motherly treatment to UP,
she said the Congress-led UPA government of Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh, "ignored all genuine demands of the state including financial
package." According to the CM, her government had sent a proposal
seeking a Central package of Rs 80,000 crore for the state but the
Centre never sanctioned it. "Neither did the Centre sanction the
package, nor did it help the region in any way," she added. The BSP
supremo claimed that despite the financial constraints, her government
formulated developmental policies for this region on its own.

The BSP chief also came down heavily on the statement of Congress
general secretary Rahul Gandhi that she used to do good work before
she became the CM. "What my government has done in five years, the
Congress could not do in 40 years of rule in the state. Every party
has been exposed before the public which will give them a fitting
reply in the Assembly polls," she asserted. She also appealed to the
people to first cast their vote before doing any other work on polling

Virendra Nath Bhatt is a Special Correspondent with Tehelka.


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