Maya's Rs 200 crore rally marks BSP's 25 yrs Rachna Rishi Lucknow, March 15, 2010 Lucknow was washed in blue on Monday to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ruling party in Uttar Pradesh - Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). Not only did the party splurge Rs 200 crore for a massive rally, but Chief Minister Mayawati accepted a garland made of thousands of thousand-rupee notes. Ironically, most of those in the rally crowd were those who cannot afford one square meal a day. Also, the extravagant rally was organised irrespective of the fact that only 250 km away another district of the state - Bareilly - was burning with one of its worst communal riots and Pratapgarh district was still recovering from one of the worst stampedes in the recent past. Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav criticised the state government for the lavish celebration of the BSP's anniversary. "UP is spending Rs 200 crore government money even as Bareilly is burning," he said. The massive rally was attended by nearly 25 lakh people from across the country. The grand dais for the party's silver jubilee almost resembled a lavish film set. Out of the nearly Rs 200 crore spent, one-fourth was allocated for setting up of toilets only. Rs 50 lakh were spent on flowers to adorn the venue. Around 12,000 buses were pressed into service to ferry the rally participants. There were 17 makeshift hospitals and over 500 paramedics on duty. At the rally, Mayawati declared that her statue-building spree in the state would not stop. It could be mentioned that the Supreme Court has stayed the state government's work on Ambedkar Parks, featuring huge statues of B.R. Ambedkar, Kanshi Ram, Mayawati and elephants, across the state. "Idols of elephants installed in UP do not resemble with election symbol of BSP as its trunks are folded upwards in welcome postures. There is no law on the land that prevents installing idols of living human beings," Mayawati said. Even as the extravaganza was on in Lucknow, there was a huge uproar in Parliament over the UP government turning a blind eye to the deteriorating situation in Bareilly. The BJP MP from Bareilly, Maneka Gandhi, said, "I demand judicial enquiry into the riots. You cannot have a maha-rally forcing people into buses." Raj Babbar, Congress MP from the state, said, "This is not a show of strength but a show of vulgarity and misuse of power. Mayawati is not concerned even as Bareilly is burning."