Lucknow: A BSP delegation on Monday met Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and demanded adequate security at all museums, parks and memorials set up in the state after various Dalit icons.

"A party delegation on Monday met the chief minister demanding stern action against all those responsible for vandalising the statue of party president Mayawati and proper security at all memorials set up by the previous government in the honour of Dalit icons", leader of opposition Swami Prasad Maurya, who led the delegation told reporters.

He said the chief minister assured them of effective action in this regard. The BSP leader added that the promptness with which the government acted and installed a new statue after some unruly elements vandalised it here last week shows that it (government) has taken the matter seriously.

Leader of opposition in the Legislative Council Naseemuddin said that he drew the attention of the Chief Minister to media reports that the government was planning to reduce the strength of the security personnel raised for these memorials by the previous government.

Last Thursday, some people under the banner of UP Navnirman Sena had vandalised the statue of former CM Mayawati in Lucknow and the state government had installed a new one in its place within 24 hours.

Six people were also arrested in this connection.  A Samajwadi Party release said the BSP delegation which met the Chief Minister requested for an increase in the security of Mayawati.

The BSP leaders wanted that her security should be increased and Akhilesh Yadav assured them that prompt action would be taken in this regard, SP spokesman Rajendra Chaudhary said.

He claimed the BSP leaders were satisfied with the steps taken by the government in connection with last week's incident of vandalisation of Mayawati's statue in Lucknow.

They accepted that incidents of damaging statues were aimed at defaming the government, the SP spokesman said.

(Agencies)


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