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Saifai Mahotsav Madness: From dancing girls to Salman Khan, this is how Rs 334 cr was spent

Bhaskar News | Last Modified - Jan 14, 2014, 06:20 PM IST

Additional police, chopper fares, performers' fees, and of course, the Bollywood night, Saifai Mahotsav truly drilled a hole in fortunes of cash-strapped UP
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    Lucknow: Under fire was his alleged insensitivity towards victims of Muzaffarnagar riots, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav recently trained his guns on national media, and accused it of selective reportage. Akhilesh-led Samajwadi Party (SP) government came under severe criticism for unabashedly organizing the annual Saifai Mahotsav in SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s native village, even as riot victims continued to suffer in unforgiving Winter chill.
    In his recent press conference, on being asked about the whopping Rs 334 crore expenditure incurred to host Saifai Mahostsav, the UP CM lost his cool and asked the inquisitive journalist to give a detailed account of the expenses or leave his job.
    Akhilesh also asked the said media house to appologise.
    It must be noted that ever since its December 26 start, Saifai Mahotsav has garnered media attention for its brutal grandeur, coming as it does in the wake of horrible communal violence in Muzaffarnagar just a few hundred kilometers away.
    Media reports suggest that a whopping Rs 334 crore were spent from state exchequer to finance the annual extravaganza, out of which Rs 5 crore were spent on Sports College, Rs 3.11 cr on Tourism Complex, Rs 42 crore on Trauma and Burn Center, Rs 103.21 crore on swimming pool, and Rs 4 crore were spent on repairing the lights at the Saifai air-strip.
    Further, Rs 90 lakh were spent on repairing the airport boundary, Rs 26 crore on ‘Apna Bazaar,’ and Rs 150 crore on expanding the road from Saifai to Mainpuri. A lot of these projects have been completed, while many are in progress.
    In addition to this, UP Government deployed police force from other districts to step up the security during the Mahotsav. Eight companies of paramilitary forces manned the giant tent that was the venue of festivities.
    Considering that 132 personnel constitute a paramilitary company, the Government understandably paid wages, Travel Allowance, and Dearness Allowance to 1055 troops. In order to ensure safety of B-town big-wigs, police force from Bareilly, Agra, Kanpur and Jhansi divisions was officially deployed, while personnel from various other districts were pressed into service unofficially.
    In addition to this, more than 400 Circle Officers and SDMs, over 1000 VVIPs apart from slew of IG-level officers attended the show; not to forget the wages for performers flown in from Mumbai, the cost of stage and other arrangements , and it may be concluded that Bollywood night alone cost over Rs 100 crore to the state treasury.
    Also, helicopters used to ferry political heavyweights like Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav, Shivpal Singh Yadav, apart from other VVIPs did more than 7 dozen rounds of service on Etawah and Saifai air-strips. Add to it the fare and fuel expenses of 9 planes that ferried film stars to Saifai, and the much talked about Bollywood night alone cost over Rs 100 crore.
  • +7 See more slides
    Lucknow: Under fire was his alleged insensitivity towards victims of Muzaffarnagar riots, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav recently trained his guns on national media, and accused it of selective reportage. Akhilesh-led Samajwadi Party (SP) government came under severe criticism for unabashedly organizing the annual Saifai Mahotsav in SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s native village, even as riot victims continued to suffer in unforgiving Winter chill.
    In his recent press conference, on being asked about the whopping Rs 334 crore expenditure incurred to host Saifai Mahostsav, the UP CM lost his cool and asked the inquisitive journalist to give a detailed account of the expenses or leave his job.
    Akhilesh also asked the said media house to appologise.
    It must be noted that ever since its December 26 start, Saifai Mahotsav has garnered media attention for its brutal grandeur, coming as it does in the wake of horrible communal violence in Muzaffarnagar just a few hundred kilometers away.
    Media reports suggest that a whopping Rs 334 crore were spent from state exchequer to finance the annual extravaganza, out of which Rs 5 crore were spent on Sports College, Rs 3.11 cr on Tourism Complex, Rs 42 crore on Trauma and Burn Center, Rs 103.21 crore on swimming pool, and Rs 4 crore were spent on repairing the lights at the Saifai air-strip.
    Further, Rs 90 lakh were spent on repairing the airport boundary, Rs 26 crore on ‘Apna Bazaar,’ and Rs 150 crore on expanding the road from Saifai to Mainpuri. A lot of these projects have been completed, while many are in progress.
    In addition to this, UP Government deployed police force from other districts to step up the security during the Mahotsav. Eight companies of paramilitary forces manned the giant tent that was the venue of festivities.
    Considering that 132 personnel constitute a paramilitary company, the Government understandably paid wages, Travel Allowance, and Dearness Allowance to 1055 troops. In order to ensure safety of B-town big-wigs, police force from Bareilly, Agra, Kanpur and Jhansi divisions was officially deployed, while personnel from various other districts were pressed into service unofficially.
    In addition to this, more than 400 Circle Officers and SDMs, over 1000 VVIPs apart from slew of IG-level officers attended the show; not to forget the wages for performers flown in from Mumbai, the cost of stage and other arrangements , and it may be concluded that Bollywood night alone cost over Rs 100 crore to the state treasury.
    Also, helicopters used to ferry political heavyweights like Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav, Shivpal Singh Yadav, apart from other VVIPs did more than 7 dozen rounds of service on Etawah and Saifai air-strips. Add to it the fare and fuel expenses of 9 planes that ferried film stars to Saifai, and the much talked about Bollywood night alone cost over Rs 100 crore.
  • +7 See more slides
    Lucknow: Under fire was his alleged insensitivity towards victims of Muzaffarnagar riots, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav recently trained his guns on national media, and accused it of selective reportage. Akhilesh-led Samajwadi Party (SP) government came under severe criticism for unabashedly organizing the annual Saifai Mahotsav in SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s native village, even as riot victims continued to suffer in unforgiving Winter chill.
    In his recent press conference, on being asked about the whopping Rs 334 crore expenditure incurred to host Saifai Mahostsav, the UP CM lost his cool and asked the inquisitive journalist to give a detailed account of the expenses or leave his job.
    Akhilesh also asked the said media house to appologise.
    It must be noted that ever since its December 26 start, Saifai Mahotsav has garnered media attention for its brutal grandeur, coming as it does in the wake of horrible communal violence in Muzaffarnagar just a few hundred kilometers away.
    Media reports suggest that a whopping Rs 334 crore were spent from state exchequer to finance the annual extravaganza, out of which Rs 5 crore were spent on Sports College, Rs 3.11 cr on Tourism Complex, Rs 42 crore on Trauma and Burn Center, Rs 103.21 crore on swimming pool, and Rs 4 crore were spent on repairing the lights at the Saifai air-strip.
    Further, Rs 90 lakh were spent on repairing the airport boundary, Rs 26 crore on ‘Apna Bazaar,’ and Rs 150 crore on expanding the road from Saifai to Mainpuri. A lot of these projects have been completed, while many are in progress.
    In addition to this, UP Government deployed police force from other districts to step up the security during the Mahotsav. Eight companies of paramilitary forces manned the giant tent that was the venue of festivities.
    Considering that 132 personnel constitute a paramilitary company, the Government understandably paid wages, Travel Allowance, and Dearness Allowance to 1055 troops. In order to ensure safety of B-town big-wigs, police force from Bareilly, Agra, Kanpur and Jhansi divisions was officially deployed, while personnel from various other districts were pressed into service unofficially.
    In addition to this, more than 400 Circle Officers and SDMs, over 1000 VVIPs apart from slew of IG-level officers attended the show; not to forget the wages for performers flown in from Mumbai, the cost of stage and other arrangements , and it may be concluded that Bollywood night alone cost over Rs 100 crore to the state treasury.
    Also, helicopters used to ferry political heavyweights like Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav, Shivpal Singh Yadav, apart from other VVIPs did more than 7 dozen rounds of service on Etawah and Saifai air-strips. Add to it the fare and fuel expenses of 9 planes that ferried film stars to Saifai, and the much talked about Bollywood night alone cost over Rs 100 crore.
  • +7 See more slides
    Lucknow: Under fire was his alleged insensitivity towards victims of Muzaffarnagar riots, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav recently trained his guns on national media, and accused it of selective reportage. Akhilesh-led Samajwadi Party (SP) government came under severe criticism for unabashedly organizing the annual Saifai Mahotsav in SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s native village, even as riot victims continued to suffer in unforgiving Winter chill.
    In his recent press conference, on being asked about the whopping Rs 334 crore expenditure incurred to host Saifai Mahostsav, the UP CM lost his cool and asked the inquisitive journalist to give a detailed account of the expenses or leave his job.
    Akhilesh also asked the said media house to appologise.
    It must be noted that ever since its December 26 start, Saifai Mahotsav has garnered media attention for its brutal grandeur, coming as it does in the wake of horrible communal violence in Muzaffarnagar just a few hundred kilometers away.
    Media reports suggest that a whopping Rs 334 crore were spent from state exchequer to finance the annual extravaganza, out of which Rs 5 crore were spent on Sports College, Rs 3.11 cr on Tourism Complex, Rs 42 crore on Trauma and Burn Center, Rs 103.21 crore on swimming pool, and Rs 4 crore were spent on repairing the lights at the Saifai air-strip.
    Further, Rs 90 lakh were spent on repairing the airport boundary, Rs 26 crore on ‘Apna Bazaar,’ and Rs 150 crore on expanding the road from Saifai to Mainpuri. A lot of these projects have been completed, while many are in progress.
    In addition to this, UP Government deployed police force from other districts to step up the security during the Mahotsav. Eight companies of paramilitary forces manned the giant tent that was the venue of festivities.
    Considering that 132 personnel constitute a paramilitary company, the Government understandably paid wages, Travel Allowance, and Dearness Allowance to 1055 troops. In order to ensure safety of B-town big-wigs, police force from Bareilly, Agra, Kanpur and Jhansi divisions was officially deployed, while personnel from various other districts were pressed into service unofficially.
    In addition to this, more than 400 Circle Officers and SDMs, over 1000 VVIPs apart from slew of IG-level officers attended the show; not to forget the wages for performers flown in from Mumbai, the cost of stage and other arrangements , and it may be concluded that Bollywood night alone cost over Rs 100 crore to the state treasury.
    Also, helicopters used to ferry political heavyweights like Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav, Shivpal Singh Yadav, apart from other VVIPs did more than 7 dozen rounds of service on Etawah and Saifai air-strips. Add to it the fare and fuel expenses of 9 planes that ferried film stars to Saifai, and the much talked about Bollywood night alone cost over Rs 100 crore.
  • +7 See more slides
    Lucknow: Under fire was his alleged insensitivity towards victims of Muzaffarnagar riots, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav recently trained his guns on national media, and accused it of selective reportage. Akhilesh-led Samajwadi Party (SP) government came under severe criticism for unabashedly organizing the annual Saifai Mahotsav in SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s native village, even as riot victims continued to suffer in unforgiving Winter chill.
    In his recent press conference, on being asked about the whopping Rs 334 crore expenditure incurred to host Saifai Mahostsav, the UP CM lost his cool and asked the inquisitive journalist to give a detailed account of the expenses or leave his job.
    Akhilesh also asked the said media house to appologise.
    It must be noted that ever since its December 26 start, Saifai Mahotsav has garnered media attention for its brutal grandeur, coming as it does in the wake of horrible communal violence in Muzaffarnagar just a few hundred kilometers away.
    Media reports suggest that a whopping Rs 334 crore were spent from state exchequer to finance the annual extravaganza, out of which Rs 5 crore were spent on Sports College, Rs 3.11 cr on Tourism Complex, Rs 42 crore on Trauma and Burn Center, Rs 103.21 crore on swimming pool, and Rs 4 crore were spent on repairing the lights at the Saifai air-strip.
    Further, Rs 90 lakh were spent on repairing the airport boundary, Rs 26 crore on ‘Apna Bazaar,’ and Rs 150 crore on expanding the road from Saifai to Mainpuri. A lot of these projects have been completed, while many are in progress.
    In addition to this, UP Government deployed police force from other districts to step up the security during the Mahotsav. Eight companies of paramilitary forces manned the giant tent that was the venue of festivities.
    Considering that 132 personnel constitute a paramilitary company, the Government understandably paid wages, Travel Allowance, and Dearness Allowance to 1055 troops. In order to ensure safety of B-town big-wigs, police force from Bareilly, Agra, Kanpur and Jhansi divisions was officially deployed, while personnel from various other districts were pressed into service unofficially.
    In addition to this, more than 400 Circle Officers and SDMs, over 1000 VVIPs apart from slew of IG-level officers attended the show; not to forget the wages for performers flown in from Mumbai, the cost of stage and other arrangements , and it may be concluded that Bollywood night alone cost over Rs 100 crore to the state treasury.
    Also, helicopters used to ferry political heavyweights like Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav, Shivpal Singh Yadav, apart from other VVIPs did more than 7 dozen rounds of service on Etawah and Saifai air-strips. Add to it the fare and fuel expenses of 9 planes that ferried film stars to Saifai, and the much talked about Bollywood night alone cost over Rs 100 crore.
  • +7 See more slides
    Lucknow: Under fire was his alleged insensitivity towards victims of Muzaffarnagar riots, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav recently trained his guns on national media, and accused it of selective reportage. Akhilesh-led Samajwadi Party (SP) government came under severe criticism for unabashedly organizing the annual Saifai Mahotsav in SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s native village, even as riot victims continued to suffer in unforgiving Winter chill.
    In his recent press conference, on being asked about the whopping Rs 334 crore expenditure incurred to host Saifai Mahostsav, the UP CM lost his cool and asked the inquisitive journalist to give a detailed account of the expenses or leave his job.
    Akhilesh also asked the said media house to appologise.
    It must be noted that ever since its December 26 start, Saifai Mahotsav has garnered media attention for its brutal grandeur, coming as it does in the wake of horrible communal violence in Muzaffarnagar just a few hundred kilometers away.
    Media reports suggest that a whopping Rs 334 crore were spent from state exchequer to finance the annual extravaganza, out of which Rs 5 crore were spent on Sports College, Rs 3.11 cr on Tourism Complex, Rs 42 crore on Trauma and Burn Center, Rs 103.21 crore on swimming pool, and Rs 4 crore were spent on repairing the lights at the Saifai air-strip.
    Further, Rs 90 lakh were spent on repairing the airport boundary, Rs 26 crore on ‘Apna Bazaar,’ and Rs 150 crore on expanding the road from Saifai to Mainpuri. A lot of these projects have been completed, while many are in progress.
    In addition to this, UP Government deployed police force from other districts to step up the security during the Mahotsav. Eight companies of paramilitary forces manned the giant tent that was the venue of festivities.
    Considering that 132 personnel constitute a paramilitary company, the Government understandably paid wages, Travel Allowance, and Dearness Allowance to 1055 troops. In order to ensure safety of B-town big-wigs, police force from Bareilly, Agra, Kanpur and Jhansi divisions was officially deployed, while personnel from various other districts were pressed into service unofficially.
    In addition to this, more than 400 Circle Officers and SDMs, over 1000 VVIPs apart from slew of IG-level officers attended the show; not to forget the wages for performers flown in from Mumbai, the cost of stage and other arrangements , and it may be concluded that Bollywood night alone cost over Rs 100 crore to the state treasury.
    Also, helicopters used to ferry political heavyweights like Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav, Shivpal Singh Yadav, apart from other VVIPs did more than 7 dozen rounds of service on Etawah and Saifai air-strips. Add to it the fare and fuel expenses of 9 planes that ferried film stars to Saifai, and the much talked about Bollywood night alone cost over Rs 100 crore.
  • +7 See more slides
    Lucknow: Under fire was his alleged insensitivity towards victims of Muzaffarnagar riots, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav recently trained his guns on national media, and accused it of selective reportage. Akhilesh-led Samajwadi Party (SP) government came under severe criticism for unabashedly organizing the annual Saifai Mahotsav in SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s native village, even as riot victims continued to suffer in unforgiving Winter chill.
    In his recent press conference, on being asked about the whopping Rs 334 crore expenditure incurred to host Saifai Mahostsav, the UP CM lost his cool and asked the inquisitive journalist to give a detailed account of the expenses or leave his job.
    Akhilesh also asked the said media house to appologise.
    It must be noted that ever since its December 26 start, Saifai Mahotsav has garnered media attention for its brutal grandeur, coming as it does in the wake of horrible communal violence in Muzaffarnagar just a few hundred kilometers away.
    Media reports suggest that a whopping Rs 334 crore were spent from state exchequer to finance the annual extravaganza, out of which Rs 5 crore were spent on Sports College, Rs 3.11 cr on Tourism Complex, Rs 42 crore on Trauma and Burn Center, Rs 103.21 crore on swimming pool, and Rs 4 crore were spent on repairing the lights at the Saifai air-strip.
    Further, Rs 90 lakh were spent on repairing the airport boundary, Rs 26 crore on ‘Apna Bazaar,’ and Rs 150 crore on expanding the road from Saifai to Mainpuri. A lot of these projects have been completed, while many are in progress.
    In addition to this, UP Government deployed police force from other districts to step up the security during the Mahotsav. Eight companies of paramilitary forces manned the giant tent that was the venue of festivities.
    Considering that 132 personnel constitute a paramilitary company, the Government understandably paid wages, Travel Allowance, and Dearness Allowance to 1055 troops. In order to ensure safety of B-town big-wigs, police force from Bareilly, Agra, Kanpur and Jhansi divisions was officially deployed, while personnel from various other districts were pressed into service unofficially.
    In addition to this, more than 400 Circle Officers and SDMs, over 1000 VVIPs apart from slew of IG-level officers attended the show; not to forget the wages for performers flown in from Mumbai, the cost of stage and other arrangements , and it may be concluded that Bollywood night alone cost over Rs 100 crore to the state treasury.
    Also, helicopters used to ferry political heavyweights like Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav, Shivpal Singh Yadav, apart from other VVIPs did more than 7 dozen rounds of service on Etawah and Saifai air-strips. Add to it the fare and fuel expenses of 9 planes that ferried film stars to Saifai, and the much talked about Bollywood night alone cost over Rs 100 crore.
  • +7 See more slides
    Lucknow: Under fire was his alleged insensitivity towards victims of Muzaffarnagar riots, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav recently trained his guns on national media, and accused it of selective reportage. Akhilesh-led Samajwadi Party (SP) government came under severe criticism for unabashedly organizing the annual Saifai Mahotsav in SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s native village, even as riot victims continued to suffer in unforgiving Winter chill.
    In his recent press conference, on being asked about the whopping Rs 334 crore expenditure incurred to host Saifai Mahostsav, the UP CM lost his cool and asked the inquisitive journalist to give a detailed account of the expenses or leave his job.
    Akhilesh also asked the said media house to appologise.
    It must be noted that ever since its December 26 start, Saifai Mahotsav has garnered media attention for its brutal grandeur, coming as it does in the wake of horrible communal violence in Muzaffarnagar just a few hundred kilometers away.
    Media reports suggest that a whopping Rs 334 crore were spent from state exchequer to finance the annual extravaganza, out of which Rs 5 crore were spent on Sports College, Rs 3.11 cr on Tourism Complex, Rs 42 crore on Trauma and Burn Center, Rs 103.21 crore on swimming pool, and Rs 4 crore were spent on repairing the lights at the Saifai air-strip.
    Further, Rs 90 lakh were spent on repairing the airport boundary, Rs 26 crore on ‘Apna Bazaar,’ and Rs 150 crore on expanding the road from Saifai to Mainpuri. A lot of these projects have been completed, while many are in progress.
    In addition to this, UP Government deployed police force from other districts to step up the security during the Mahotsav. Eight companies of paramilitary forces manned the giant tent that was the venue of festivities.
    Considering that 132 personnel constitute a paramilitary company, the Government understandably paid wages, Travel Allowance, and Dearness Allowance to 1055 troops. In order to ensure safety of B-town big-wigs, police force from Bareilly, Agra, Kanpur and Jhansi divisions was officially deployed, while personnel from various other districts were pressed into service unofficially.
    In addition to this, more than 400 Circle Officers and SDMs, over 1000 VVIPs apart from slew of IG-level officers attended the show; not to forget the wages for performers flown in from Mumbai, the cost of stage and other arrangements , and it may be concluded that Bollywood night alone cost over Rs 100 crore to the state treasury.
    Also, helicopters used to ferry political heavyweights like Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav, Shivpal Singh Yadav, apart from other VVIPs did more than 7 dozen rounds of service on Etawah and Saifai air-strips. Add to it the fare and fuel expenses of 9 planes that ferried film stars to Saifai, and the much talked about Bollywood night alone cost over Rs 100 crore.

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