The Congress NCP government in Maharashtra has decided to give a competition to New York's Statue of Liberty and Mayawati by building a 300 ft; 350 Crore statue of Shivaji. This statue would be placed on an artificial island, a kilometer away in the Arabian Sea. It would also include a library, a museum and an amphitheatre.
In comparison, Mayawati’s statues is a Mickey mouse. The largest statue of Mayawati and Kanshi Ram at Bhimrao Ambedkar Samajaik Parivartan Sthal in the state capital is only 24-ft high bronze statues and build at a pittance cost of Rs1.55 crore. Mayawati shame of you!!!
Referring to Mayawati's statue spree, Rahul Gandhi had earlier said
the state has 'place for statues, not people'. And alleged that this is why the state was ignoring important issues like the power crises.
This comes at a time when Maharashtra government is said to have borrowed Rs 11,000 crore from the Centre to fight the drought and Maharashtra is becoming Farmer suicide capital of India. Nearly 29,000 farmers committed suicide in Maharashtra between 1997 and 2005, official data show. No other State comes close to that total. This means that of the roughly 1.5 lakh farmers who killed themselves across the country in that period, almost every fifth one was from Maharashtra — which saw a 105 per cent increase in farm suicides in those nine years. More than 19,000 of those farmer suicides occurred from 2001 onwards.