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'Maya insensitive towards those facing drought'

IANS  Delhi, August 05, 2009
First Published: 13:55 IST(5/8/2009) | Last Updated: 17:36 IST(5/8/2009)
The Congress party on Wednesday said that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati is insensitive to the suffering of the people of the state where 58 of 71 districts have been declared drought-hit.

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"Mayawati government is insensitive to the problems of farmers and common people of the state where people are facing hardships because of drought," Congress spokesperson Shakeel Ahmad told IANS.

Ahmad was reacting to Mayawati's demand for an additional grant of Rs. 556 crore for her dream project to erect statues of her mentor Kanshi Ram and other Dalit icons while she sought Rs. 250 crore to fight the ongoing drought.

On Monday, Mayawati had raised a fresh demand for Rs. 556 crore in the Rs. 7,559 crore supplementary budget tabled before the state assembly.

Over the years, Rs. 5,000 crore have been allocated towards Chief Minister Mayawati's dream projects since the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) came to power in May 2007.

Ahmad said: "Spending so much on parks and statues is sheer waste of public money."


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