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Mayawati’s birthday celebrations: Fingers are pointed again!
Every year politicians including Mayawati are spending people’s money over their personal lavish celebrations. This trend is becoming an eyesore as public funds are being wasted, catering to the bigwigs’ whims and fancies.
UTTAR PRADESH chief minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati celebrated her 52nd birthday on January 15. Mayawati celebrated her first birthday after becoming the chief minister of the state for the fourth time last year. From Uttar Pradesh’s capital Lucknow to national capital Delhi, Mayawati’s birthday was celebrated by her supporters with pomp and grandeur. Crores of rupees were spent in the name of the birthday celebration of Mayawati. Ideally, people should not have any problem regarding a birthday celebration of Mayawati, but the wasteful expenditure of people’s money has raised fingers against Mayawati and other political leaders.
 
Preparation for the celebration started well in advance in Lucknow and other parts of Uttar Pradesh. BSP workers had decorated the state capital and other towns with party flags, banners and life size posters to mark the birthday of their leader. As Mayawati has a fascination for pink colour, hence the venue of the birthday party in Lucknow was coloured all in pink. The pandals, carpets, chairs, the cake and knife were pink. Mayawati herself was dressed in a pink-coloured salwar-suit.
 
On Tuesday, Mayawati cut a 52-kg cake in Lucknow in the presence of several leaders of BSP. After cutting the birthday cake, Mayawati spoke on the opposition’s allegations of wasteful expenditure on her birthday celebrations. She made it clear that the state government has not paid for her birthday party and the birthday cake. Mayawati told that cabinet minister, SC Mishra has paid for her birthday cake and her party workers have also contributed for it. Further she mentioned that SC Mishra, a Brahmin had played a key role in the unique Brahmin Dalit alliance formula that had led the party to sweeping the assembly elections.
 
While talking with media persons, the BSP chief said that her party is in favour of dividing Uttar Pradesh into three pieces. She also announced about the inauguration of Rs 30,000 Ganga Expressway project. Mayawati tried her best to cater to the present guests and around 100 journalists including some foreign correspondents as well. Fifty-two-year-old Mayawati was not in the mood to criticise the central government and thanked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and congress president Sonia Gandhi for their birthday wishes. Mayawati also said that each year on her birthday she would publish a volume of the “Struggle of my life and the journey of the BSP movement.” She unveiled the third volume of her book Mayawati Ka Sangharsh on Monday one day before her birthday.
 
A birthday celebration of political leaders has always been a debated topic. Usually the political leaders throw lavish parties during their birthday celebrations. Supporters also arrange parties or do other illogical activities to please their leaders. Political cadres also collect donation from the common people for birthday celebration of their political leaders.
 
Are such grand celebrations in the name of birthday fair? I will say a big no. Political leaders are selected for the welfare and development of the country and its people, not for unnecessarily wasting valuable money in the name of birthday. We are in the 61st year of our independence, but still problem of poverty exists across the country. Millions of people are unable to get one-time meal and not having clothes to cover their body. In fact, majority of them have no any idea about their own date of birth. For these people, the birthday does not have any importance, a meal twice a day and cloths to cover themselves are more important for them.
 
Political leaders are also citizens of the country and they are elected for helping the needy people. The political leaders, who make tall claims during election campaigns, forget their promises. Not only Mayawati, there are hundreds of political leaders in the country who throw lavish parties during their birthday or other occasions. Former Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa and union railway minister Laloo Prasad Yadav had also remained in the headlines for excessive expenditure during marriages of their children.
 
Birthday is the special occasion for everyone and political leaders have full right to celebrate it. But celebrating the occasion by collecting donation from common people is not fair and the practice needs a break. Hopefully, very soon the political leaders will think over the issue seriously and put a hold over the lavish birthday celebrations.
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