Opposition parties in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday hailed as "historic" the Supreme Court directives asking Mayawati government to stop construction work at all the memorials in the city and requested the apex court to ensure that its directives and orders are implemented in the right spirit.
Calling it a historic decision, BJP vice president and spokesman Hriday Narain Dixit said, it is not just for the BSP government but for all the political parties to understand that the Supreme Court has made development and economics as the yardstick for giving this verdict.
"It should be ensured that those not adhering to the apex court's order are suitably punished," Dixit said.
Citing submission of false affidavits, which claimed that there are no temples on the Lucknow jail premises by the state government, as an example, Samajwadi party spokesman, Rajendra Chaudhary said, "There are numerous examples when the state government had either misled the courts or flouted their orders for its benefit."
"It is high time now that some kind of monitoring be done to ensure that the "historic verdict" of the apex court is implemented in the right spirit," Chaudhary told PTI in Lucknow.
Claiming that work on construction sites was going on Wednesday also, Congress spokesman Subodh Srivastav said "This shows that Tuesday's orders have had no impact on Mayawati government".