Mayawati defends her statues in Supreme Court

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03 Apr 2019

Mayawati: If Lord Rama's statue accepted, why not mine?

On Tuesday, Bahujan Samaj Party Chief Mayawati defended her statues, which dot the Uttar Pradesh landscape, in Supreme Court.

She asked why no objections were raised when state government proposed a 221-meter tall statue of Lord Rama in Ayodhya.

Mayawati filed an affidavit in the top court after her statues invited a plea.

Advocate Ravi Kant alleged Mayawati spent public money on these structures.

Case

Backstory: SC had said Mayawati may have to return money

Backstory: SC had said Mayawati may have to return money

In the plea filed in 2009, Kant claimed the former Chief Minister of UP spent money on acts of "self-aggrandizement".

Notably, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi had on February 8 hinted Mayawati might have to cough money from her own funds and return it to the public exchequer.

He even raised concern over statues of elephants, her party symbol, in UP's parks.

Mayawati's statues violated Constitution: Petitioner

"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 elephant were installed at a cost of Rs. 52.20 crore at public places by utilizing state funds," the plea read.

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Defense

My statues represent "will of people": Mayawati

Defending the budget of the statues, Mayawati said the Appropriation Act passed by the UP Assembly approved the expenditure.

"Issue of utilization of funds for a particular purpose is more a debatable question for political and moral purposes rather than a legal issue," the affidavit read.

She added her status represented the "will of the people" but it miffed many.

Details

Dedicated life to downtrodden, remained unmarried, said Mayawati

Dedicated life to downtrodden, remained unmarried, said Mayawati

Mayawati added she dedicated her life to downtrodden and remained unmarried for the same reason. She said the will of the people forced the state legislature to get the statues installed.

"Some disgruntled elements could not digest such an amount of respect for a Dalit woman leader and they resorted to invoking the jurisdiction of SC and Allahabad High Court," she added.

Examples

Statues aren't new to India, said Mayawati

Mayawati then reminded that statues and installations aren't new to India. She said similar structures of Jawahar Lal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, PV Narasimha Rao, and Rajiv Gandhi were erected using public funds.

She added Yogi Adityanath was planning to spend Rs. 3,000 crore on Lord Rama statue.

Mayawati also gave examples of Sardar Vallabhbhai's and Shivaji's statues to make her point.

Details

Mayawati looked towards history to justify elephant structures

Mayawati looked towards history to justify elephant structures

About elephants' statues, Mayawati said the animal was also the symbol of Republican Party founded by BR Ambedkar.

"Elephants represent peace, strength, and energy. In Hinduism, elephants are considered sacred band symbolizes the deity Lord Ganesha," the affidavit which lawyer Shail Dwivedi filed read. She added elephant statues were also seen in President's House and Raj Bhavans.

Mayawati sought the quashing of the plea.

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Who filed a plea against Mayawati's statues?

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The plea was filed by Supreme Court lawyer Ravi Kant in 2009.

What did Ravi Kant allege?

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Ravi Kant alleged Mayawati spent public money on these structures and he demanded that they should be removed from public land.

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Mayawati said her statues represented the will of the people and asked why no one raised an objection on Lord Rama's structure.

How much money is being spent on Lord Rama's statue?

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UP government plans to spent Rs. 3,000 crore on Lord Rama's statue in Ayodhya.

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