The chief election commissioner’s order on covering the statues of BSP chief Mayawati and those of her party’s symbol-elephant is now before the Allahabad high court even as some movement is visible on the decree.
The public interest litigation (PIL), filed by a person named Dheeraj Pratap Singh on Monday, will come up for hearing on Wednesday, January 11.
The Greater Noida district administration began draping the statues of Mayawati, who is also UP chief minister, and the elephants with plastic sheets at various places on Monday.
A similar exercise at Rashtriya Dalit Prerna Sthal and Green Garden, a Rs 685-crore park in Noida, will take place on Tuesday.
The Election Commission has ordered all such statues must be draped by the evening of January 11.
Senior Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) officials directed by Lucknow district magistrate Anil K Sagar to comply with the CEC’s order continue to tread cautiously. Neither LDA vice-chairman Rajiv Aggarwal nor secretary Anil Kumar Singh was willing to talk on the issue.
"The Rajkiye Nirman Nigam (RNN), which executed work on these memorials, will carry out the task of covering the statues," said an official.
Sagar said he had communicated the CEC’s order to Aggarwal and it was up to him to implement it within the stipulated deadline.
On Monday, senior functionaries of the LDA and RNN departments held meetings with government officials on the matter.
Meanwhile, former chief election commissioner (CEC) N Gopalaswamy stood up for CEC SY Quraishi.
Gopalaswamy said had the Election Commission not intervened, other political parties would have got the moral right to demand permission to erect cutouts of their leaders.
With inputs from Noida and New Delhi.