India - Supreme Courts Condemns Mayawati's "Statue Government"
Taking a strong stand against the Uttar Pradesh's Mayawati lead government, Supreme Court of India criticized it for going ahead with the misuse of public money. The Mayawati government was planning to construct 40 statues of the supremo across the state.
The SC warned the government that it cannot "play politics in the court" while turning down it's plea in the RS 2600 crore statue project.
The Supreme Court today came down heavily on the Mayawati government for constructing memorials despite its order and warned the state that it cannot play politics as it does with other parties.
"You don't play politics as you do it with other political parties in the assembly," a bench of justices B N Agrawal and Aftab Alam sternly told senior counsel Harish Salve appearing for the state.
The bench rejected the arguments that there was some "confusion" and that there was no violation of its order.
"We have read with deep pain your affidavit and the undertaking made by you was lacking in sincerity. It was just an eyewash," the bench observed.
The Supreme Court clearly pointed out that where the UP government was at fault.
"First, you (UP government) should not play blame game with us as (you do with) your political opponents. Second, you are proceeding on the assumption that we (SC) are your adversary,” the bench observed. “There is a difference between democracy and majoritarianism. Democracy should survive as the Constitution is supreme and court directions should be obeyed,” the bench said.
Uttar Pradesh is know as one of the "bimaru" (sick ) states of India. Measures of good governance such as development, health-care, electricity, education and employement are on the negative side despite being a state blessed with natural resources. The present government lead by charismatic leader Mayawati came into power after giving a spectrum of promises to bring relief to the poor and so on. But some of the policies formed by the newly elected government has put the populace of Uttar Pradesh further into despair. Many of the government's actions brought it into collision course with the top court of the country.