Veteran actor and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shatrughan Sinha on Monday charged Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Government in Uttar Pradesh of looting public money meant for the welfare of the common man and development in the state.
Addressing a public rally in Uttar Pradesh''s Allahabad city, Sinha said the funds that should have been used for development work was spent on construction of statues and parks across the state.
"The funds meant for the poor, the money of the common public, funds allocated for the education of the students, the funds which should be spent on generating employment opportunities for the unemployed youth, the money which would have been used for establishing industries and which would have been used for other developmental projects, all of those funds were invested on building statues, constructing parks, and which is creating chaos among the public, so what should we do in such conditions?" he asked.
The actor-turned-politician had earlier accused his political opponents of practising divisive politics in their campaign during Uttar Pradesh assembly polls.
The campaigning for the third phase of assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh this evening, a total of 1,021 candidates are in fray for this phase. The third phase polling will cover the Naxalite-affected districts of Mirzapur, Sonebhadra and Chandauli.
A total of around 59 percent voters on Saturday cast their vote for the 59 seats in nine districts in the second phase of assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh.
Polling for the second round was largely reported to be peaceful in nine districts of Sant Kabir Nagar, Maharajganj, Gorakhpur, Kushinagar, Deoria, Azamgarh, Mau, Ballia and Ghazipur. An impressive 62 to 64 percent voter turnout was recorded on Wednesday registered in the first phase of assembly elections for 55 seats.
The Uttar Pradesh polls are being viewed as an opportunity for major parties to re-establish their foothold in the country''s fifth largest and most populous state.
A new 403-member state assembly will be elected in March. The poll results will broadly indicate trends for the 2014 general elections.