New Delhi: Congress on Sunday took a dig at
Mayawati for her attack on the EC which had ordered draping of
her statues and her party symbol elephant, saying the decision
may finally help her as people would have voted with greater
vengeance against BSP had these remained uncovered.
The party also ridiculed the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister
for her statement that the statues were installed at the will
of late Kanshi Ram.
"BSP may actually end up being benefited from this
(ECs) order because people in Uttar Pradesh are so much upset
with this government that seeing her statues and her party
symbols in public, they would have voted against Mayawati
government with greater vengeance," Party spokesperson Rashid
"Covering of her statues as well as those of her party
symbol could actually dilute that simmering anger and she may
be saved from people`s strong disapproval," Alvi said.
Mayawati had earlier said the EC should have issued
directives also to get Congress` poll symbol `hand` and
RLD`s symbol `handpump` covered like the statues of elephant.
"If the EC does not take right decisions regarding
symbols of these two parties, then the people will consider
this decision (with regard to BSP) taken with an anti-dalit
and casteist mentality and under pressure of the Congress-led
government at the Centre," she had said in Lucknow.
Condemning the comments, Alvi said, "It is the duty of
the Election Commission to hold free and fair elections and
nobody should criticise the poll body for what it does under
its jurisdiction. Political parties should refrain from
criticising the Commission."
Asked about Mayawati`s statement that these statues were
installed as per the will of Kanshi Ram, Alvi remarked, "This
is unprecedented in the whole world that an individual makes a
will about Government property. Wills are only made about
Mayawati had said as per the will of Kanshiram, her party
set up Bahujan Prerna Sthal in Lucknow and Delhi during
his lifetime and installed her statues along with his.
"Opposition parties are insulting the will of Kanshiram
by floating stories," she had said.