The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has decided to install statues of Other Backward Castes (OBCs) and upper castes leaders at the memorials and parks built by former Chief Minister Maywati during her tenure, according to Indian Express report. Earlier, the ruling BJP dispensation has decided to to revamp parks and memorials which were developed during the BSP government from 2007-2012. The government will first install the statue of 11th century king of Shravasti, Raja Suheldeo inside and outside the Bhimrao Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Sthal (Ambedkar Memorial) in Lucknow, the report says.
State Minister for Backward Classes Welfare Om Prakash Rajbhar, who himself is looking after the issue, visited the memorial on Sunday to look for a suitable site. He said that there are 13 platforms outside the Ambedkar Memorial and many of them are vacant. A white marble statue of Raja Suheldeo will be placed on one platform, he said adding that another bronze statue will be placed inside the memorial, according to Indian Express report.
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Taking a dig at Mayawati, said that public had criticized the BSP supremo because she had installed statues of leaders belonging to a particular caste. We will install statues of all the great personalities who deserve honour, irrespective of their caste, the minister was quoted as saying by Indian Express.
Notably, during her tenure as Chief Minister, Mayawati had placed statues of Dalit leaders, including herself, at the site. Apart from BR Ambedkar, Kanshi Ram and Mayawati, there are white marble statues, all seven feet tall, of Ramabai Ambedkar, Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj, Kabir Das, Sant Ravidas, Jyotiba Phule, Birsa Munda, Narayana Guru and Guru Ghasidas. It has been learned that the total cost of the statues was estimated to be Rs 1.08 crore, according to reports.
Now, the BJP government has decided to install a bronze statue of Suheldeo, 16-18 feet tall, inside the Ambedkar Memorial. Another statue of Suheldeo, in white marble, will be placed on a platform outside the memorial, the report says.