City of Nawabs turns blue on Maya's birthday

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Lucknow, Jan 14: City of Nawabs has turned 'blue', the official colour of the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), on the occasion of the 52nd birthday of Utar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati.

The BSP supremo, who will celebrate her birthday tomorrow in a simple way, has asked party workers to help the needy, particulary people from the Sarva Samaj, on the day. A symbolic cake would be cut in all the 403 assembly constituencies where BSP workers would inform people about the achievements of the Mayawati government. Cassettes and CDs of the achievements of the government would also be distributed free of cost.

A 52-kg cake would be cut in the Lucknow (east) constituency followed by a community feast.

However, entire Lucknow has been decorated with each and every important place of the party including Prerna Kendra, Ambedkar Memorial, Chief Minister's residence and BSP office.

Most of the roundabouts in the state capital were lighted with colourful decorative lights. BSP's blue flag with party's symbol elephant engrossed were seen everywhere in the city. Blue gates have been erected across the state capital.

Ms Mayawati, asking the party workers to make the occasion as simple as possible, said unlike previous occasions, this time there would be no big function.

But she said the workers' financial donation to strengthen the party and helping the needy would still be the main attraction of the day.

According to the programme, the four-time Chief Minister of UP, who will turn 52 on that day, will launch several developmental programmes in the state including laying of the foundation stone of the ambitious 1000 km Ganga Expressway in the state capital.

Ms Mayawati in the evening will also release a book '' Mere Sangharsh Ki Kahani: BSP ka Safarnama''(third edition) written by her at a function in New Delhi.

Ms Mayawati said the party leaders and workers at the districts should help the needy on the day. This would be the real gift of the BSP on her birthday, she has said.

She has suggested that party workers should include the common man in the celebrations including poor widows, physically and mentally challegned persons, students and senior citizens.

On her birthday, Ms Mayawati is expected to be a very busy person as she will lay the foundation stone for the mega Noida to Ballia over 1000 km Ganga Expressway project.

According to official sources, she will address a press conference in the state capital at 1000 hrs on January 15 after meeting BSP leaders and workers to accept their greetings on her birthday.

Ms Mayawati will fly to New Delhi where she will address a press conference and later go to Noida to lay the foundation stone of the Ganga Expressway at that end.

Opposition political parties in UP have criticised the BSP for misusing electricity in the name of her birthday while other parts of the state were experiencing acute shortage of power.

BJP spokesman Hriday Narain Dikshit said it was gross misuse of power as there was no need to decorate entire Lucknow on the occasion.

"The funds being spent for the birthday function could have been used for the people suffering from severe drought like situation in Bundelkhand," he added.

Similar views were also expressed by Samajwadi Party and Congress leaders.


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