Unfazed by the criticism over its statue-erecting spree, the Mayawati government of Uttar Pradesh has sought the assembly sanction for an additional Rs 556 crore for the projects, and in contrast sought just Rs 250 crore to deal with the prevailing drought in the state.
Over the years, Rs 5,000 crore have been allocated towards chief minister Mayawati's dream projects since the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) came to power in May 2007.
On Monday, she raised a fresh demand for Rs 556 crore in the Rs 7,559 crore supplementary budget tabled before the state assembly here. And a mere Rs 250 crores for fighting the prevailing drought.
Misplaced priorities is an understatement.
Ironically, the state has been after the central government for release of a special economic package to deal with the drought-hit districts that cover almost the entire state.
Irony doesn't even begin to describe this clusterfuck.
They were also critical of the chief minister's craving for new aircraft in her fleet. A special Rs 10 crore provision has been made to purchase a helicopter.
Capital idea, Madam CM. Capital idea.
Pretty soon she is going to hold a press conference and will announce that as far as she is concerned, all the parched children in her state can have Evian sparkling water.
And then she will turn into a bat and fly away.
Or we wish.
Okay, the last part will not happen. But this woman will not rest until every damn inch of land in the state of UP is covered with her statues.
And then she will go on to be Prime Minister.
Which will cause her to lather, rinse and repeat.
Where is Glen Beck when you really need him to scare people?
Mayawati seeks more money for statues [TOI]