Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday appeared unmoved by the BSP’s opposition to commercial activities in the memorials and parks that Mayawati government had constructed in Lucknow and Noida in Uttar Pradesh.
“What is the harm if marriage or other functions are organised inside the memorials. Those getting married or holding any function there will only talk about these memorials,” said chief minister while replying to questions from media persons in Lucknow.
“Animals statues made of ‘asthdhatu’ along with ‘asthdhatu’ plam trees have been installed inside these parks. Marriage and other functions will give publicity to these memorials,” said Yadav. “Such functions are already organised at other important venues (Indira Gandhi Pratisthan etc.), he said.
“The Samajwadi Party has been talking making use of the space inside the memorials. The public funds have been wasted in the construction of these memorials. Everybody knows about this,” he said, adding, “BSP leaders do take a walk in the parks constructed during the tenure of SP government.”
On Monday a delegation of the Bahujan Samaj Party had met Governor BL Joshi to demand imposition of President’s rule in Uttar Pradesh in view of the state government’s move to use the open spaces within the memorials that include Kanshi Ram memorial, Bhim Rao Ambedkar memorial and Ramabai rally ground located in Lucknow and the memorial situated in Noida.
The BSP leaders had urged the Governor to restrain the state government from disturbing the status of the Dalit memorials, monuments and parks. The BSP leaders had said the state government’s decision was in violation of the Supreme Court’s order over the construction of memorials.
The Lokayukta Justice NK Mehrotra, in his report submitted to the state government last week, found embezzlement of about Rs 1400 crore in the construction of memorials and parks.