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No saree distribution: Maya

BSP MLAs’ plan to woo the women in their constituency by distributing sarees on the birthday of Behenji (Mayawati) has run into rough weather, reports Rajesh Kumar Singh.

lucknow Updated: Dec 09, 2007 04:06 IST
Rajesh Kumar Singh

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLAs’ plan to woo the women in their constituency by distributing sarees on the birthday of ‘Behenji’ (Mayawati) has run into rough weather.

Before the MLAs could place the order for the sarees, they got a terse order from chief minister Mayawati to desist from their saree distribution scheme.

“No MLA would distribute sarees on my birthday and those who dare to violate my order will be punished”, Mayawati said.

According to a senior leader of Bahujan Samaj Party, the death of several women in a stampede during a saree distribution
programme by former minister and BJP leader Lalji Tandon in Lucknow some years ago still haunts Mayawati.

To check a repeat of such an incident on her birthday, the chief minister cautioned the legislators from distributing sarees.

A few MLAs in Azamagarh, Jaunpur and Gorakhpur had planned to make the birthday celebration of their leader on January 15 a grand show and distribute blue sarees among poor women.

They have placed orders with shops for the supply of the sarees and had started preparing the list of the women in each village. With the programme being shelved, they are now a dejected lot.

“We had planned to colour the whole constituency blue, with women moving in the fields, markets and in social functions wearing blue sarees.

The sarees would also have worked as a political tool,” one of the MLAs said.

The legislators have also been directed not to distribute fruits and sweets among patients admitted in the hospitals on January 15.

“Members of rival political parties, including the Congress, BJP and SP distribute fruits among patients in hospitals and we do not wish to follow their way,” a BSP leader said.

“'Behenji' had made it clear that all the programme organised to celebrate her birthday should be poor-oriented,” he said.