Samajwadi party chief Akhilesh Yadav categorically said grand memorials and statues of dalit leaders, including that of SP'>BSP chief Mayawati in Lucknow and Noida, would not be razed. He addressing his first press meet after Samajwadi Party’s win.
Akhliesh remarks were in sharp contrast to Mulayam, who had repeatedly said SP would demolish memorials if voted to power. Throughout its campaign, the SP brass had attacked Mayawati for splurging public money on grand memorials and statues, including her own. Akhilesh said, “We will get educational and hospitals constructed on vacant land which was otherwise meant for the memorials.