A day after the Supreme Court in a tentative view said that Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Chief Mayawati will have to reimburse the state exchequer for using public money used to erect statues of herself and elephants, the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister on Saturday in a series of tweet called the statues and memorials built in memories of Dalit personalities as ‘pride of UP.’
“Memorials and parks built in the honour of saints and gurus born in Dalit and backward families, ignored for centuries, are the pride of Uttar Pradesh and give regular income to the government as tourist attractions,” she said in a tweet.
The BSP Supremo also urged the media to not to distort ‘oral observation’ of the apex court. Slamming the BJP party to stop’kite flying’, Maywati further said that her party will put forward their case before the apex court strongly.
“Humble request to media please don’t distort oral observation of Hon’ble court. Sure to get justice in this matter also. Media and BJP leaders please stop kite flying,” she said.
The Supreme Court on Friday said that the BSP chief should deposit public money used for erecting statues of herself and elephants, the party’s symbol, at public places in Uttar Pradesh to the state exchequer.
These remarks from the top court came while hearing a petition filed in 2009 by an advocate who had alleged that about Rs 2,000 crore was used from the state budget for 2008-09 and 2009-10, when Mayawati was the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, for stalling her statues and BSP’s symbol at different places.
On May 29, 2009 the court had issued show cause notice to the Uttar Pradesh government and Mayawati for using the public money for installing her statues and party’s symbol at parks in Lucknow and Noida, adjacent to the national capital.