It was a one woman show at the BSP rally marking the 76th birth anniversary of its founder Kanshi Ram on Monday with Chief Minister Mayawati being presented a garland made of hundreds of Rs 1000 notes while other leaders were literally relegated to the background.
Unlike previous occasions when the BSP supremo was greeted with bouquets, she was welcomed this time by a giant garland made of hundreds of Rs. 1000 notes by her ministers.
The garland also attracted the attention of the crowd at Ramabai Ambedkar maidan as they could not make out from a distance that it was made of currency notes. Some were heard discussing about the "shining garland" and concluded that it could be made of some "imported flowers".
Mayawati, who arrived at the venue on a helicopter amidst sloganeering by supporters led by senior ministers Naseemuddin Siddiqui and Lalji Verma, took the lone chair in the middle the dais, while all senior party leaders including the Assembly Speaker Sukhdev Rajbhar sat much behind her or were standing.
Members of Bahujan Volunteer Force, assigned the task of controlling the cadres during such rallies, could not stop themselves from breaking into a jig during a cultural show at the event. Men and women donning blue danced enthusiastically to songs in praise of the BSP chief and she looked on.
However, there were some anxious moments for party workers as some uninvited guests-- a swarm of bees-- arrived in front of the dais as Mayawati was addressing the rally but they soon disappeared without causing any harm.