Mayawati has to repay money spent on erecting her statues

Mayawati has to repay public money spent on erecting her statues, BSP symbols in parks: SC

The Supreme Court on Friday indicated its “tentative view” that Bahujan Samajwadi Party leader Mayawati will have to cough up and pay back to the public exchequer the money she spent onRelated image erecting statues of herself and party symbol ‘elephant’ in public parks across Lucknow and Noida.

A Bench, led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, posted the petition filed by Supreme Court advocate Ravi Kant in 2009, alleging that crores of public money was spent by then Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister on these acts of self-aggrandisement.

“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,” Chief Justice Gogoi orally observed.

 Supreme Court advocate has alleged that about ₹2,000 crore was used from the State budget for 2008-09 and 2009-10 to ‘falsely glorify’ the then CM

The Bench, also comprising Justices Deepka Gupta and Sanjeev Khanna, posted the matter for final hearing on April 2.

Mr. Kant has alleged that about ₹2,000 crore was used from the State budget for 2008-09 and 2009-10 to ‘falsely glorify’ the then Chief Minister. He said the State government should be directed to remove the statues of Mayawati and her party symbol ‘elephant’ from public land.

“The said activity is being carried out as a State policy, which is arbitrary and violative of Article 14 of the Constitution. Sixty statues of elephants were installed at a cost of ₹52.20 crore at public places by utilising State funds,” the petition alleged in 2009.


Modi tsunami rocks in UP,BJP gets close to 325 seats

Uttar Pradesh election results 2017: Modi tsunami rocks Akhilesh-Rahul boat, BJP gets close to 325 mark



Modi wave has blown away the Samajwadi Party-Congress’ boat in which Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi floated their hopes.

The BJP has won more than 320 seats in 403-member Uttar Pradesh Assembly. The ruling Samajwadi Party has suffered a crushing defeat.

Proving wrong fears of a hung assembly, the BJP is set to sweep back to power in Uttar Pradesh after 15 long years, giving Prime Minister Narendra Modi his biggest victory after the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Powered by an aggressive campaign spearheaded by Modi, BJP candidates were on the road to victory in a whopping 322 of the 403 constituencies

The imminent victory triggered widespread celebrations all across the country’s most populous state as well as at the BJP headquarters in Delhi.

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As the Samajwadi Party, the Congress and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) licked their wounds, Bharatiya Janata Party leader and Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad called the win in Uttar Pradesh bigger than the 2014 victory.

“It is a tectonic shift in Indian politics,” Prasad said adding, “UP is a laboratory of India. Demonetisation has worked and we are proud of Modi’s leadership. It is a bigger victory than the 2014 win in the Lok Sabha election.”


BJP candidates led in all major cities in particular, including in five of the eight seats in Lucknow, eight of the 10 seats in Kanpur, nine of the 12 seats in Allahabad and seven of the eight seats in Varanasi, Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency.

Even in Amethi, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi’s Lok Sabha seat, the BJP’s Garima Singh had forged ahead.

BJP president Amit Shah announced in his press conference in New Delhi that of 10 seats in Raebareli and Amethi, the party candidates were on the winning course


The Samajwadi-Congress alliance was in the lead in 77 constituencies while the BSP was gasping in just 19 seats.

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who is set to resign, said that he worked hard and his party’s vote-share also improved in some areas but the results were not in his favour.

“People got swayed by misleading propaganda,” Akhilesh said adding, “I will want see how do they better the work done by the Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh.”

On its part, the Congress leaders expressed shock.



“It is a monumental setback. We are disappointed with Uttar Pradesh,” Congress spokesman Sanjay Jha said. Added Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit, whose mother and former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit was originally to be the Congress Chief Ministerial candidate: “Our party is looking confused.”


In contrast, BJP leaders were jubilant.

Commenting on the poor show by SP-Congress and Mayawati’s BSP, BJP MP Yogi Adityanath said, “Good work done by the Modi government and (BJP President) Amit Shah’s strategy has paid dividends. People have rejected the politics of appeasement and discrimination.”

The BJP began taking strong leads right from the start of the counting and it became clear within an hour that it was set to comfortably take power in Uttar Pradesh.

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said, “The victory goes to Modi for his hard work, for his vision, for his pro-poor agenda. He is the first Prime Minister in contemporary times who really worked for the poor.”

Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh said, “For the first time we are seeing people rising above caste in Uttar Pradesh. The voters have moved a step ahead of politicians.”



Prime Minister Narendra Modi turned out to be the biggest trump card for the BJP. He campaigned hard, tirelessly and relentlessly. While the SP, Congress and BSP attacked Modi over demonetisation and attempts to polarise the Uttar Pradesh election, the Prime Minister countered the arguments by accusing them of shielding the corrupt.

Even though he raked up the issues like discrimination on religious grounds against Akhilesh Yadav by referring to Kabristan and Shamshaan, Modi sought support from voters in the name of development.

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Modi succeeded in convincing people of Uttar Pradesh that a BJP government with full majority will work in better coordination with the Centre for bringing development and creating jobs in the state.

The infighting in Samajwadi Party and limited caste-appeal of Mayawati also helped BJP perform better. The BJP countered the caste-base of these two parties by focusing on non-Yadav OBCs and non-Jatav Dalits during the election.

Top BJP leaders including Modi, Amit Shah and several cabinet ministers camped for three days in Varanasi. Modi addressed plethora of rallies and held back-to-back road shows in Varanasi, his own constituency. This gave final impetus to the BJP cadre and supporters.

The counting of votes only reflected the hard work put in Modi-Shah team.




-March 11, 2017,New Delhi






Anand Kumar under IT scanner over benami properties

Mayawati’s brother Anand Kumar under Income Tax scanner over benami properties

Mayawati's brother Anand Kumar under Income Tax scanner over benami properties

In a blow to BSP supremo Mayawati ahead of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections,Income Tax department has issued a notice her brother Anand Kumar in connection with benami properties.

Reportedly, the Income Tax (IT) officials are probing an alleged nexus between Anand Kumar and real estate players.

The IT department has sent notices to several builders as well in this regard.

Noteworthy, the development came a day after PM Narendra Modi vowed to carry forward the war against corruption and black money post demonetisation.

In a big statement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday had said the government will soon operationalise a strong law to effectively deal with ‘benami’ properties.

He made this statement in his last monthly address this year in his “Mann ki Baat” programme.

-December 26, 2016, New Delhi


Angry exchanges between Smriti, Mayawati over Rohith Vemula issue

Angry exchanges between Smriti, Mayawati over Rohith Vemula issue

The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday saw angry exchanges between Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani and BSP leader Mayawati over the suicide of research scholar Rohith Vemula in Hyderabad university.
Mayawati raised the issue of Vemula’s suicide, and blamed the central government for it. She also asked if the committee probing the incident had a Dalit member.
The Bahujan Samaj Party leader also demanded a separate discussion on the issue.
The pre-lunch session saw multiple adjournments over the issue as BSP members gathered near the chairman’s podium and raised slogans.
When the house met at 2 p.m., Irani said she was ready to answer questions raised by the BSP leader.
A visibly agitated Irani first challenged BSP leader Satish Chandra Misra.
“Talk face to face Satish ji, I am ready to reply,” Irani said.
“Mayawati ji, I request, you are a senior member and a woman, you want an answer, I am ready to reply. If you are not satisfied with my answer, I will cut my head and put it in your feet,” the minister said.
In response, Mayawati asked if a Dalit member will be there in the judicial committee.
“A Dalit professor was there whose decision you would not have accepted… You want to say Mayawati ji, a Dalit is a Dalit only if Mayawati ji gives a certificate?” Irani said, causing a huge uproar among the protesting members.
Angry exchanges took place between Irani and Mayawati amid the din, as BSP members raised slogans calling the government “anti-Dalit”.
In the din, the house was adjourned for 15 minutes.
-24 February 2016 | IANS | New Delhi