In an affidavit filed in the apex court, the Bahujan Samajwadi party (BSP) chief, Ms. Mayawati, has declared that her statues came into being as the will of the state legislature to represent the will of the people'.
The former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said on in the Supreme Court the construction of life-size statues of herself in the state was because they represented the 'will of the people'.
She said, in an affidavit filed in the apex court, that the memorials and statues of herself and other leaders are 'intended to promote values and ideals of various sants, gurus, social reformers and leaders among the public and not intended to promote the symbol of BSP or to glorify' herself.
Ms. Mayawati said her statues came into being 'as the will of the state legislature to represent the will of the people'. Funds for construction of the memorial and installation of statues were sanctioned through budgetary allocations after due approval of the budget by the state legislature, she pointed out.
Ms. Mayawati sought the dismissal of a plea, which alleged that public funds were misused in the construction of memorials, saying this charge was politically motivated and a gross abuse of process of court of law.