Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati thanked the entire Opposition for "doubling" the cash collection for her birthday on Thursday. She said the rivals' tirade against the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) over fund collection had in fact motivated her party workers to raise a bigger donation.
She used the occasion to announce the launching of projects worth Rs 900 crore for the people's welfare.
"Thanks to the Opposition, as compared to last year our collection has doubled," Mayawati told a gathering of bureaucrats and mediapersons at her residence here on her 53rd birthday. The chief minister said the BSP had been celebrating her birthday as "monetary contribution day" for a long time.
The fund collection had snowballed into a major controversy after the murder of a state public works department engineer by a BSP MLA in Auraiyya in Kanpur district on December 24.
Dressed in a pink salwar suit, Mayawati rolled out developmental schemes targeting various sections of the society. Her largesse was specially aimed at girls.
Emulating the BJP governments in MP and Chhattisgarh, where financial assistance to girls helped win elections, Mayawati announced two cash schemes for girls.