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Mayawati has to reimburse money spent on elephant statues, says Supreme Court

The Supreme Court bench has a tentative view that Mayawati has to deposit the public money spent to the state exchequer.

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court Friday said it was of the tentative view that BSP chief Mayawati has to deposit public money used for erecting statues of herself and elephants, the party’s symbol, at parks in Lucknow and Noida to the state exchequer.

The remarks were made by a bench hearing a petition filed by an advocate who had contended that public money cannot be utilised for creating own statues and for propagating the political party.

“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,” a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said.

The bench, also comprising justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjeev Khanna, posted the matter for final hearing on April 2.

The bench made it clear the tentative view was expressed by it as the matter will take some time for hearing.

“We will have it for final disposal on 2 April,” the bench said.- PTI

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  1. @Sanjiv Bhalla : Since when does Sardar Patel belong to a particular party? By your logic, someone should pay for all the statues and monuments erected to honor Mahatma Gandhi, Nehru, Indira & Rajiv Gandhi?
    Now, if Congress erected statues of a Hand, or BJP erected statues of Lotus flowers, that would definitely be paid for by them. As should Mayawati pay for the Elephants.

  2. Sanjiv Bhai: How you never pick the million statues setup by others and that one done by Mr Modi is shown as an example? Are there no other statues in this country brother that is set by political party in power? I agree though that Ms Mayawati cannot be charged. I see no reason.

    • Krishna Sir, normally every park has a statue. They introduce a pleasant calm to the atmosphere; they also remind us of some good people from our shared past. I mentioned Sardar Patel’s statue not because I have anything against statues in general, or against Mr Modi, but because of the money that has been spent on it. 3000 crores! Then we have Shiva ji’s statue coming up. That’s another approx. 2000 crores. Now we also have Shri Ram’s statue coming up. If not many more, then at least those of Bajrangbali, Shri Krishna and Ma Durga can be expected in future. Just add up the cost and it will easily cross 10,000 crores. We are a poor country, Krishna Sir! So much money can be used in other ways to HELP the society. We have had our own governments ever since country’s independence 70 years ago, but all these statue expenditures have started only in Mr Modi’s regime in last 5 years. Are these BJP fellows more devoted to gods and more faithful to Shiva ji than everyone else? You decide.

  3. With full respect for the honorable court, I would like to say that she cannot be charged for the elephants, but only for her own statues. The former maybe her perception of beautifying the landscape, and its accidental that the elephant is also her party’s symbol. Is, anywhere on those elephants, etched: Bahujan Samaj Party? What if she had made statues of peacocks, or swans, or horses — again, by her perception to beautify the landscape, would she be asked to pay the cost?

    What about someone deciding to install Sardar Patel’s statue? Will that person, Mr Modi be also asked to pay the cost? Sardar Patel was an important leader of the freedom movement, but how and when was it established that he was the MOST IMPORTANT of all leaders of that time? Isn’t it only a “perception” of Mr Modi that Sardar was the tallest?

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