Court order on monuments not violated, says Mayawati
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati has termed casteist those who brought court-contempt charges against her on the issue of building Dalit memorials.lucknow Updated: Oct 11, 2010 23:45 IST
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati has termed casteist those who brought court-contempt charges against her on the issue of building Dalit memorials.
On the occasion of the fourth death anniversary of BSP founder Kanshiram on Saturday, she sought to scotch rumours and propaganda by “vested interests” that construction at the memorials was going on despite a court stay.
“No construction is being undertaken in any of these memorials,” she said.
The chief minister said her government had complied with the orders of the Supreme Court and the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court, and had the highest regard for the judiciary.
The chief minister allowed media persons to visit the spots and find out for themselves what the truth was.
She and her ministers spent the entire Saturday at the Dalit memorials and parks.
“These monuments have been erected legally as the decision to build them was taken by the state cabinet,” she said.
She offered flowers at the Prerna Sthal, where Kanshiram’s ashes have been kept, and visited the memorial built in his name on the erstwhile Jail Road.
Recalling her first visit to the Bhimrao Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Sthal, spread over 170 acres (about 7.4 million square feet) in Gomti Nagar, with Kanshiram in 1995, she said he wanted to build a-one-of-its-kind monument in memory of Ambedkar.
“Today Kanshiram’s long-cherished dream has come true and that is why I have installed his statue in front of Pratibimb Sthal in Ambedkar Smarak,” she said.
First Published: Oct 11, 2010 23:44 IST