Under fire for expressing inability to fund the Right to Education scheme in the midst of a row over spending for Dalit memorials, the Mayawati government today hit back saying it was "petty politics" that every time the Chief Minister raises key issues "some important people" rake up the memorial issue.
Terming as "unfortunate" the attack on Mayawati for pointing to practical problems in implemention of the Right to Education act in the state, state cabinet secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh said since the Centre has enacted the law it was the the Centre's "moral duty to make arrangements for funds for the purpose".
"It is unfortunate that the chief minister's views on a very serious issue of practical and financial problems in implementation of the Act have been taken superficially by the powers that be", he said while referring to a letter written by the chief minister to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the subject last week and subsequent reaction to the same by central leaders.
Singh said the issue has "pained" the chief minister and pointed out that it was not just Uttar Pradesh but other states which had also aired similar views.
The chief ministers of Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh had also made a written request to the prime minister for assistance in implementation of the Act, the cabinet secretary said adding "whenever Mayawati expresses herself on important issues, some important people rake up the issue of expenses on memorials and parks raised in memory of Dalit and OBC icons".
"The chief minister finds this tendencey among some people as an exapmle of their petty politics", he said.