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Green death: Shivpal says it?s a good show

THEY HAVE lost their abode. The Samajwadi Party (SP) breached the Laxman rekha to uproot 6000 lives that took roots on the sprawling 54,000 square metre area. The green residents gone, labourers are trampling on the Laxman Mela ground to erect barriers and complete beautification work for the big SP show tomorrow. On Friday afternoon, the quiet on the Gomti bank is broken as a police hooter announces the arrival of a VIP.

india Updated: Nov 25, 2006 01:46 IST

Shivpal pats officer for ‘good work’

THEY HAVE lost their abode. The Samajwadi Party (SP) breached the Laxman rekha to uproot 6000 lives that took roots on the sprawling 54,000 square metre area. The green residents gone, labourers are trampling on the Laxman Mela ground to erect barriers and complete beautification work for the big SP show tomorrow.

On Friday afternoon, the quiet on the Gomti bank is broken as a police hooter announces the arrival of a VIP. A white ambassador and six more vehicles stop near the dais as officers surge forward to receive a VIP.

SP State general secretary Shivpal Singh Yadav and hordes of party workers emerge from the vehicles.

“By midnight things will be over,” an officer tells Yadav, who is taking a look of the surroundings.

“Well done! You got the ground prepared for the rally at a short notice,” Yadav says as he pats the back of the officer.

After winning his master’s stroke, the officer takes Yadav to the side of the dais and points towards the bundle of uprooted saplings lying under a shed behind the stage. “We took just 48 hours to remove the plants,” he tells Yadav.

The 48-hour operation has left most saplings half dead. Realising that, Yadav tells officers to ensure better treatment of the plants.

Ironically, SP workers move around the ground and make use of the holes (left behind after the saplings were uprooted) to hoist party flags. Soon Samajwadi Party flags flutter all over the field, which was till a few days back all green.

As if to assert their victory over green, Shivpal and SP workers get onto the dais. “From this spot ‘netaji’ (Mulayam Singh Yadav) will raise the battle cry. He will direct party workers to gear up for the big battle,” he says and directs officers to ensure that the sound system functions well.

As Shivpal gets down, another officer tells the minister: “The construction of temporary toilets and drinking water arrangement has been completed”.

As Yadav gets ready to leave, officers move toward ‘Panchwati’ (a naturopathy clinic) of Municipal Commissioner RB Maurya. “Where is Maurya saheb,” one of the officers asks the caretaker?

“Maurya was here early in the morning and has left behind his ‘khadau’ (wooden slipper) in the room,” he tells the officers.