"Maya's Rs 200 crore rally". Qn. India poor or Indians?

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  1. Rahul Singh

    Rahul Singh Senior Member Senior Member

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    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."
     
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    Armand2REP CHINI EXPERT Veteran Member

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    Uhh... unbelievable. Is there anything GoI can do to this corrupt government? Like get rid of it?!?
     
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    ^^^^^^ Rahul bhaiyya & sonia gandhi working diligently to abolish everyone. Will be happy if they take out this nonsense Mayawati....
    Rahul Singhji answer is definite India is Goliathly rich but not Indian....

    Only logical solution ->

    /////// MAYAWATI bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb
     
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    Mayawati's 200 crore extravaganza

    15 Mar 2010, 2014 hrs IST, AGENCIES

    It was a one woman show at the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) rally marking the 76th birth anniversary of its founder Kanshi Ram today with Chief Minister Mayawati being presented a garland made of hundreds of Rs 1,000 notes while other leaders were literally relegated to the background. Unlike previous occasions when the BSP supremo was greeted with bouquets, she was welcomed this time by a giant garland made of hundreds of Rs. 1000 notes by her ministers.

    The garland also attracted the attention of the crowd at Ramabai Ambedkar maidan as they could not make out from a distance that it was made of currency notes. Some were heard discussing about the "shining garland" and concluded that it could be made of some "imported flowers". Mayawati, who arrived at the venue on a helicopter amidst sloganeering by supporters led by senior ministers, Naseemuddin Siddiqui and Lalji Verma took the lone chair in the middle the dais, while all senior party leaders including the Assembly Speaker Sukhdev Rajbhar sat much behind her or were standing.

    Members of Bahujan Volunteer Force, assigned the task of controlling the cadres during such rallies, could not stop themselves from breaking into a jig during a cultural show at the event. Men and women donning blue danced enthusiastically to songs in praise of the BSP chief and she looked on. However, there were some anxious moments for party workers as some uninvited guests-- a swarm of insects-- arrived in front of the dais as Mayawati was addressing the rally but they soon disappeared without causing any harm.
     
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    Guess what this massive garland is made of? Hold your seat tight, each unit of this garland cost exactly Rs 1000 because each unit is a Rs 1000 note. Now guessing about garland's cost? Hold your breath for a second. Estimated cost of mentioned garland is estimated at Rs 7 crore = approximately $1.5 million. Yes, you are reading right. Can not believe yet? Check this NDTV report.

     
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    I don't understand why people have such faith in her. What ever happened to populism in Uttar Pradesh?
     
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    Armand, Indian democracy is not enlightened democracy. The vast majority of Indians are poor, illiterate, and gullible. They are divided by caste, religion, ethnicity, class, language, culture and even race. It is very easy for corrupt, power hungry politicians with a divisive agenda to rise to become chief ministers or even cabinet ministers in the central government.

    This forum represents urban educated Indians, which form a tiny minority of India. We huff and we puff and we fume, but until these corrupt politicians can fool those teeming masses of illiterate, gullible people into voting them into office, we cannot change anything.
     
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    Armand2REP CHINI EXPERT Veteran Member

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    One would think they would get the message when she wears a $1.5 million garland made out of their hard earned money in front of 500,000 people.
     
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    I doubt. This act actually increases her support base. Dalit power \m/ anyone ?
     
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    It's now established that her methods are dictatorial. Where one would expect a dalit leader to uplift dalits, she uses their money on so-called "dalit pride" (bunch of monuments that serve as fool-ya koolaid that push more dalits to vote for her out of "pride" and not her development work). She's outraged way too many across the country. Won't last long. This Kim Jong Il bitch needs to die.
     
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    Oh no no, the Hindi tabloid media (such as Star News and Aaj Tak) is all over this issue. They will dispense it among the masses. She can't play the "it's Congress conspiracy against Dalits" card for long.
     
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    Guys, I also abhor Mayawati more so because I am a dalit and seeing the way she plays the dalit card and then finally its the dalits who are most downtrodden in her rule makes it extremely cruel. But, and this is important, consider the options that the electorate have. The only other option that people have is Mulayam Singh who is equally(if not more) bad in terms of social justice, crime control and corruption elimination. So, saying Maya is bad is not enough, it needs to be said that her counterparts are equally bad.
     
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    Yes SP is the other option being the next votebank holder, but the options for the people don't end there. Congress has a foothold in that state. Important Congress leaders have constituencies. Now that SP pretty much disintegrated without important money-bags such as Amar Singh, Jaya Pradha, and all followers of this faction, national parties such as Congress, BJP, etc. have a chance to rebuild their UP base. Neither Congress nor BJP are this bad.
     
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    Exterminating an Emo means one low-life less!
    I think it might wind up like India shining campaign. Everybody understands that in a country like India, 7 crore garland for a politician is an overkill, IMHO.
     
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    Mayawati had no money to give compensation for stampede victims and now spending 200 crores for his party celebration shows how India is ruined by politicians.
     
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    Congress and BJP are no angles.
    But the only hop left is for UP to squeeze her out of power.
    Or at least force her to make a coalition.

    At the very least those two parties wont spend state money like its room service for 4 years
    Wish UP best of luck for election next year.
     
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    Some states are showing showing signs of improvement.

    And people are actually befitting

    But some states like UP are still stagnating, Unable to contibute fully to the National economy, and up-lift its people.

    This is the biggest bottleneck in India, the lack of cooperation or cohesiveness between the states themselves as well as the center.

    Some states choose to develop, others do not.

    Some seek reform others don't

    Some follow centers initiatives other don't

    You get what i am trying to say.
     
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    Known_unknown,

    The literacy rate is kinda like at 70% right now (and by which I mean 2001), and increasing at an average annual of 2%.

    You'd be surprised how astute the average "gullible" Indian is. I've had complete paindoos at rail stations tell me the English names of flowers I've never even heard of.

    With 400 million "urban, educated 'new' middle class, I wouldn't call the educated, civic Indian a 'tiny minority'. Certainly, the English (and increasingly, Hindi) media broadcasting 'civic' issues have a healthy fanbase.

    I would recognize it more as a problem of 'paucity' of individuals, of talent, of a genuine cadre of dedicated, civic officials. And so, the "poor", but (mostly) literate rural Indians are forced to sub-optimize; by choosing corrupt, dirty, dishonorable windbags that most align with their interests than with anything else. Even if these 'politicians' fail to deliver, and squander public money on their own, sectarian expenses.
     
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    Yes i agree with you. But we cant simply ignore those who are not willing to develop and wasting government resources. Center should take some serious steps to trigger them or we may not attain the double digit growth.
     

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