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Maya sent jet to fetch sandals

Lucknow, September 5
Accusing Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati of institutionalising corruption in the state, BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said today that a cable leaked by WikiLeaks "exposes the corrupt face and dual standards" of her regime.

Citing a cable released recently by WikiLeaks about Mayawati, Naqvi claimed, "According to the disclosure, at the behest of the Chief Minister, a chartered plane flew to Mumbai from Lucknow just to get a pair of preferred sandals for her (Mayawati).

"Over Rs 10 lakh were spent for bringing the sandals that cost about Rs 1,000," he said.

"The cable has once again brought the corrupt face of Mayawati and her government before the public. It's shocking and surprising. It shows the way public funds are being misused," Naqvi said at a press conference here. IANS

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