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Decide if elephant statues in UP are poll symbols: SC to EC

Last Updated: Monday, February 22, 2010 - 14:54

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday asked
the Election Commission to decide whether the installation of
statues of elephants at the cost of the state exchequer by the
Mayawati government in Lucknow and Noida amounts to the
installation of election symbol of the party.

A bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan
granted three months to the Election Commission to decide the
issue.

The bench was hearing a PIL filed by two advocates
Ravi Kant and Sukumar, who have accused the UP government of
misusing public money for the installation of statues of the
Dalit leaders including Mayawati and party symbol, elephant at
various places in the state.

Kant had submitted before the bench that the
information gathered through an RTI disclosed that 60 statues
of elephants were being installed by Uttar Pradesh government
at a cost of Rs 52.20 crore at public places by utilising
state funds.

The particular issue of election symbol was referred
to the Election Commission as the petitioners have also made a
representation before the Commission.

The PIL had sought a direction to restrain Mayawati
from installing her statues and those of elephants at public
places with public funds and demanded a CBI probe into the
misuse of state exchequer.

The advocate had claimed the total money used by
Mayawati from the state budget for 2008-09 and 2009-10 for
such projects was to the tune of Rs 2,000 crore.

PTI



First Published: Monday, February 22, 2010 - 14:54

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