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Centre, UP govt linking religion with politics: Mayawati

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

supremo today accused the Centre and the government of "linking religion with politics" with an eye on "electoral benefits" ahead of the polls.

"Developing tourism in Ayodhya is good but, how come the Modi government thought of developing the Sangrahalay (museum) and the state government of Ramleela theme park just before the Assembly polls," she said in a release here.

"Linking religion with politics and electoral gains by these governments is condemnable...Had they really been so concerned about these issues, they would have thought about them long ago," said the former chief minister.

She warned the two governments that while developing these projects, they should exercise utmost caution in ensuring that the disputed area was not affected.

was particularly critical of the (SP) government in the state which today decided to increase the honorarium of madarsa teachers and provide houses at cheap rates to the poor in a cabinet meeting.

The chief took a jibe at the SP saying these will remain "mere announcements" in the absence of proper budgetary allocation.

also alleged that there was a race going on between the BJP and the SP "for cheap publicity".

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First Published: Mon, October 17 2016. 18:13 IST