Mulayam demands removal of Maya's statues in UP

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Lucknow, Jul 30 (UNI) In a direct confrontation with the Bahujan Samaj Party government in Uttar Pradesh, the Samajwadi Party has threatened tp bulldoze the statues of Chief Minister Mayawati installed in the state capital, if they were not immediately removed.

SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav today said there is no reason for installing statues of a living person on at public expense and it should therefore be removed immediately.

''If the state government do not remove these statues, then the SP will use bulldozers to pull them down after coming in power in the state'' he warned.

Demanding immediate restoration of the Lohia's symbolic four pillars razed by the BSP government at the Loreto crossing and start construction of the Jai Prakash Narain International Centre in Lucknow, for which funds were sanctioned in the previous regime, Mr Yadav said the present state government was only interested in grabbing prime location lands and misusing public funds on useless expenditure in memorials and parks.

Addressing a press conference here, the SP leader said ignoring the JP's project and removal of the Lohia's pillars proves the ''sick'' attitude of the BSP government against great leaders of the country.

He said his government had sanctioned Rs 17 crore for the JP International Centre, out of which Rs 2 crore were already given.

Hitting hard on the government, he questioned,'' Can the CM reply what contribution she had made to term herself as a great leader of the country and was installing her own statues. If she does not removes these statues, then he will be forced to deploy 50 to 60 bulldozers to demolish these statues'' he asserted.

Mr Yadav said due to wrong information provided by the state government, the Supreme Court had given orders to demolish the Gomti Nagar stadium, but people were against the illegal approach of the BSP.

''The situation in the state is very critical and the SP would not hesitate taking steps to save the state from virtual collapse'' he further added.

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