Though Akhilesh Yadav had vowed not to dirty his hands with revengeful politics but questions have been raised on his intentions, as his government has failed to protect the statues of his predecessor and BSP Supremo Mayawati from vandalisation.
The shameful act evoked angry reactions from BSP workers, who staged protests and burned effigies at several places in Allahabad, which include Curzon Bridge, Teliyarganj, new Yamuna Bridge, Stanley Road, Handia Highway, Naini and other parts pf the district. The news of vandalisation spread like wildfire and soon the entire city witnessed massive traffic blockades. All the major roads of the city came to a standstill and commuters remain stranded for several hours.
Guru Prasad Maurya, Dr. Ashok Gautam, Rajbali Jaisal, Deepak Patel, Nand Gopal Gupta Nandi, Babu Lal Bhawra, Hira Mani Patel, Gyan Singh Patel, Harshvardhan Bajpai and thousands of BSP supporters spilled on various roads to protest against the ruling party inability to save the dignity of their leader. Meanwhile, Mayor, Abhilasha Gupta has condemned that act as shameful and demanded that all those responsible for indulging in vandalisation of Behenji's statue should be arrested with immediate effect. Without naming anyone, she said that affiliation of all those responsible for committing the crime is known to all.
She lamented that politics has touched nadir and politicians should show restrain when it comes to opposing leaders of rival parties. She added that politicians irrespective of their affiliations should learn to uphold the dignity of their rivals and abstain from indulging in such crimes. Similarly, member UPCC and spokesperson, Kishore Varshney described vandalisation of Mayawati's statue as unfortunate and expressed fear that it may be a conspiracy to deteriorate law and order situation of the state.
It is worth mentioning that Mayawati's statues built during her previous tenure as Chief Minister and unveiled by herself, had evoked much controversy earlier. The Samajwadi Party had announced during the recent assembly elections that the statues would be demolished if it came to power. However, later Akhilesh Yadav
on becoming the Chief Minister said that he would not pursue vindictive politics and the statues would not be touched.