SP seeks report on Mayawati`s projects
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 14:32
Lucknow: Though the new Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had said his government will not act out of vendetta, PWD Minister and senior SP leader Shivpal Singh Yadav has sought a report of all the dream projects of Mayawati.

Soon after assuming charge as minister, Yadav sought justification for the various dream projects of former chief minister Mayawati dotting the state capital and Noida, and also why some constructions were pulled down and rebuilt.

In a recent meeting with senior officials, he asked them to submit the reply in a week's time.

"A detailed report on the justification for construction of memorials and parks has been sought within a week’s time after which the utility of expenditure and allegations of corruption in the contract process will also be looked into, if required," Yadav, who is also the Irrigation Minister, said on Tuesday.

There has to be some justification for pulling down a jail, a government colony and several offices for setting up another park and memorial when several already existed, Yadav said, adding that officials have been asked to justify the dislocation of so many people for a park and under what conditions permission was given for them.

The Mayawati government had been under constant fire for huge expenditures on the parks, memorials and statues installed in Lucknow and Noida.

All these projects were considered 'dream projects' of BSP president Mayawati who along with other Dalit icons had installed her own statues also.

The issue of extravagance on the memorials and parks was raised in the Assembly also but in vain as the Mayawati government continued with her projects uninterrupted.

SP against mid-term polls

Meanwhile, senior party leader Mohan Singh today spoke against mid-term elections, saying the party cannot allow "communal forces" to take over.

"The country is not in the condition to have general elections every year and we can't even allow the country to be taken over by communal forces," Singh told reporters.

He said due to these reasons, the SP "occasionally" has to "unwillingly give injections" to keep the government alive. "This should not be taken in any other way," he said.

Opposing the proposed NCTC in its present form, he said the organisation will attack the federal structure "and we will talk and force the government to bring it in an amended form."

SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav had yesterday maintained that his party was playing the role of opposition in Parliament and its support to Congress was only on one issue - to keep communal forces out of power.


First Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 14:32

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