My ‘jum­bos’ helped state’s cof­fers: Maya

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Mum­bai: A day af­ter the Apex Court asked BSP chief Mayawati to re­turn crores of pub­lic money spent on grand stat­ues of her­self and the BSP party sym­bol, the ele­phant, the former Ut­tar Pradesh chief min­is­ter on Satur­day said the mon­u­ments and parks built in the mem­ory of great men and saints born in back­ward classes are not just a part of the state’s iden­tity, but also add reg­u­lar rev­enue to the state cof­fers.

“Mar­vel­lous Sthals/Memo­ri­als/Parks etc. built to hon­our hith­erto ig­nored great Sants, Gu­rus and great men born in de­prived and op­pressed Dalit and OBCs are new grand iden­tity and tourist at­trac­tion of Ut­tar Pradesh which gives reg­u­lar in­come to gov­ern­ment (sic),” she tweeted.

“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 added.

On Fri­day, the Supreme 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.”

Some of the ‘ele­phants’, BSP’s poll sym­bol, made of pub­lic money —FILE

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