Lucknow: With the end of elections in Uttar Pradesh, the state government has begun uncovering the statues and symbol of the BSP, which were covered on January 7 after the Election Commission's orders.

A day after the Election Commission ordered the Uttar Pradesh government to uncover the statues, authorities at the Dalit Prerna Sthal in Noida initiated the process.

Work to unveil statues of BSP election symbol was also underway in all the major parks in state capital Lucknow. The labourers were also seen washing and cleaning statues after they were unveiled. The iron structure around a statue of Mayawati that was covered with ply has also been removed.

The statues were covered after the opposition parties objected to it as they were of the opinion that the statues would give the BSP an unfair advantage in the polls.

In Lucknow, nine statues of Mayawati and 156 statues of elephants, the BSP's poll symbol, were covered, while in Noida, two statues of Mayawati and 52 elephants were draped.

The Election Commission's model code of conduct states that pictures of all candidates on public property must be covered during elections which was applied to BSP statues as well.

The EC Secretary had on Saturday written a letter to the UP Chief Secretary stating that the statues draped following its January eight order should be uncovered forthwith.

(JPN/ Bureau/ Agencies)