Lucknow: Disappointed with the decision of the Election Commission of covering up the statues of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati and party symbol elephant, Mayawati has ordered the closing of memorials and parks where the statues are present.

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Officials were verbally ordered to close the parks and to restrict the entry of public till the polls are over in the state. However no formal order was issued in this regard.

BSP on Thursday posted a letter to the Election Commission, terming their decision of covering up of the statues a violation of Article 14 of the constitution and requested the commission to re consider its decision.

Meanwhile, the commission has demanded all the details of the expenses drawn by the political parties and leaders in establishing their party symbols and statues at the public places from the government expenses.

Chief Secretary Anup Misra has sent letters to the district officers asking for a reply by January 19 in this regard.

Built on an investment of Rs 3500 crores, statutes of Mayawati and party symbols are put up in nine parks of Lucknow; these parks were thrown open for public in October 2011. And now after the order, all the parks have been closed for public since Thursday.

Officers of the Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) have denied commenting on the same but the presence of cops in the parks on Thursday confirmed closing of the parks.

BSP National General Secretary Satish Chandra Mishra in a letter to the Election commission has said that decision of covering statues of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati and party symbol elephant is unfair.

The BSP on Thursday claimed that Election Commission decision of covering statues of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati and party symbol elephant is one-sided and unjustified and was a violation of Article 14 of the constitution.

JPN/Bureau