Attacking the Mayawati government for constructing statues of Dalit leaders, a Union minister today said that the priorities of government in a "poor" state were not in place.
"Mayawati is turning this city into a 'city of statues' and making fun of crore of rupees and misusing public funds," Union minister for food processing, Subodh Kant Sahay told reporters here.
He said the funds meant for central government schemes have remained unutilised while last year funds worth crore of rupees had lapsed.
He also said that winds of change have started blowing in Hindi heartland since the Lok Sabha elections and expressed confidence that Congress would continue its winning spree, in the upcoming Assembly elections in Jharkhand and bypolls in Uttar Pradesh.
"Though the BJP claims that it would halt the Congress in Jharkhand, it would not be able to do so as Congress would repeat its success story there too after the recent win in three states," Sahay said.
Lashing out at the political adversaries, Sahay said that BJP is in its last stage in UP while the SP and BSP are out to promote "criminals."
He also praised efforts made by UPCC president, Rita Bahuguna Joshi to strengthen the party in the state.
To a question on the state demanding extending of the BPL list to two crore from the present 1.6 crore, he said that several states have put forward their viewpoint like UP and Planning Commission would take a decision on it.