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‘Don't distort observation of court': Mayawati urges media, BJP


Lucknow, Feb 9: While asserting that her party would put forth its viewpoint before the Supreme Court which on Friday asked Mayawati may have to pay back all the public money spent on erecting statues at parks in Lucknow and Noida, the BSP supremo on Saturday took to Twitter and urged the media to not 'distort oral observation of the Honorable court'.

BSP chief and former UP chief minister Mayawati

She, in fact, asked both BJP leaders and the media not to "distort" the observation of the court. The final hearing in the case against the former UP chief minister is on April 2.

"Humble request to the media please don't distort oral observation of the Honorable court. Sure to get justice in this matter also. Media and BJP leaders please stop kite flying," she said in a tweet.

[Mayawati should pay back public money spent on statues: Supreme Court]

Mayawati said marvellous memorials and parks built to honour "ignored" gurus and sants born in Dalit and OBC communities are a new grand identity and tourist attractions in the state.

The Bahujan Samaj Party supremo said the party's viewpoint will be placed before the court.

On Friday, the apex court had said, "We are of the tentative view that Mayawati has to deposit the public money spent on her statues and party symbol to the state exchequer."

The remarks were made by the court which was hearing a petition filed in 2009 by an advocate who had alleged that hundreds of crores of rupees were used from the state budget for 2008-09 and 2009-10, when Mayawati was the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, for stalling her statues and BSP's symbol at different places. It was contended that public money cannot be utilised for creating own statues and for propagating the political party.

[SC orders Tejashwi to vacate official bungalow in Patna, imposes Rs.50,000 fine]

Speaking on the issue, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav, who in the past has lashed out at Mayawati for getting her statues erected with the state's money, Friday went soft on his alliance partner.

"I don't have full information about this. The court might have made some observations. BSP's lawyers will put their side in the court," he told reporters.

The SP and the BSP recently announced their alliance for Uttar Pradesh in the coming Lok Sabha elections, putting aside their once bitter rivalry.

OneIndia News with PTI inputs

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