Maya takes a dig at EC on her birthday

Says 'Operation Cover-up' has given BSP huge publicity and saved crores of rupees that the party would have spent for so much promotion

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, who turned 56 yesterday, lashed out at the Election Commission (EC) for veiling her statues and that of the Bahujan Samaj Party's poll symbol (elephant), saying it was a reflection of the government's "casteist" mindset.

Jumbo advantage: The EC had ordered that Mayawati's statues and
her party's symbol be covered till elections in UP are over.
Pic/Rajeev Tyagi

Addressing an unusually low-key birthday celebration at the BSP state headquarters, she also proclaimed that she was all set to bounce back to power in the upcoming state polls.

Maintaining that the celebration had deliberately been scaled down in view of the model code of conduct, she said, "We believe in respecting the model code of conduct, but it was really lamentable that the chief election commissioner has very readily acted on the complaints made by the Congress and other opposition parties against us without even caring to pay any heed to our objections."

The poll panel had ordered that Mayawati's statues and the BSP party symbol be covered till the staggered elections from February 8 to March 4 are over.

However, she went on to term the EC decision as a "blessing in disguise", claiming that it would eventually prove to be a boon to her party. "Let me tell you that the Election Commission's order has given us huge publicity. In fact, I would like to thank the chief election commissioner for saving us the crores that we would have had to spend for so much projection," Mayawati said.

"And how can I forget thanking the media for focusing so much on us by way of highlighting the EC's move," she added.

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