She Had Her Cake, Then Ate It Too
It was a birthday bash that would have done any queen proud. Empress Mayawati celebrated her 47th birthday with a huge, 47-candle cake. The cake was cut in a pandal with a glass ceiling straight out of a Bollywood set. If sources close to the chief minister are to be believed, Rs 1 crore was lavished only on the setting. The ‘Garib ki Beti’ was decked in diamonds and precious stones from head to toe. bsp supremo Kanshi Ram was there to lovingly feed his protege a piece of the cake. Bureaucrats and officers queued up to buy the best bouquets for Behenji and there was a special demand for exotic flowers like birds of paradise, carnations, gerbera, anthorium and lillyem.
The total damages have reportedly left the state exchequer poorer by about Rs 10 crore. The UP Congress distributed the minutes of a meeting held by the principal secretary which stated that several departments had been assigned various tasks related to the birthday function. They used their own funds and resources towards this end. The PWD set up the stage and the waterproof pandal for 25,000 people, the culture department arranged for the musicians and the DM organised the laddoos....
The Opposition boycotted the bash and God, what they missed! There were colour TV sets as return gifts for the guests.