Mayawati justifies status as `will of the people’

BSP supremo Mayawati today has strongly supported expenses towards installation of her own statues and those of elephants, during her regime as Chief Minister in UttarPradesh.  In an affidavit filed before theSUpreme Court, she asserted that “It was the will of the people.”

The affidavit comes in compliance with the last order of the Supreme Court asking her that prima facie, it seemed that she needed to pay back the money as she had spent a lot of public money on installation of many statutes of herself and elephants in UP.

During the last hearing in February, the Supreme Court had asked the BSP supremo to pay back all the public money spent on erecting her statues and those of elephants – the party symbol – at parks in Lucknow and Noida.

The bench, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi and comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjeev Khanna, was hearing a petition filed by an advocate who had contended that public money cannot be utilised for creating own statues and for propagating the political party.

“We are of the tentative view that Mayawati has to deposit the public money spent on her statues and those of the party symbol to the state exchequer,” the bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said.

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