The Samajwadi Party (SP), which had referred to the parks and monuments built under Mayawati’s rule as ‘a colossal wastage of public money’, now seems to have a change of heart, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Naseemuddin Siddiqui said in the House on Monday.

The book ‘Uttar Pradesh 2013’, which was published by the state information and public relations department and released a few days ago by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, has detailed these monuments as ‘new visiting attractions’ here.

Referring to the book, the Leader of Opposition said that by stating the ‘truth’, the false propaganda of the government against Dalit leader Mayawati of plundering public money has been exposed.

Health Minister Ahmad Hasan, however, rubbished the charges.

Siddiqui, however, said that since the book was presented by Information Director Prabhat Mittal, it should be seen as a publication backed by the state government.

"The sham of the government in ridiculing our government for making parks and monuments has been exposed," Siddiqui added.

Sources said the Chief Minister was very upset with the oversight, which has left his government red-faced. The information department refused to comment on the controversy though some officials admitted in private that a ‘blunder had indeed taken place’.


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