मुंबई से चप्पल मंगाने के लिए मायावती ने भेजा खाली जहाज

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विकीलीक्स के एक ताजे खुलासे के बाद यूपी की राजनीति के गर्माने के आसार हैं. खुद को दलितों की मसीहा बताने वाली मुख्यमंत्री मायावती ने अपने लिए एक जोड़ी चप्पल मुंबई से मंगाने के वास्ते एक निजी जेट विमान भेजा था. भारत में अमेरिकी दूतावस द्वारा वाशिंगटन को भेजे गए कई केबल में मायावती का खूब जिक्र है.

मायावती की पीएम बनने की महत्वाकांक्षा का भी वर्णन है. मायावती को जब भी चप्पलों की जरूरत होती है तो उनकी पसंदीदा ब्रांड के चप्पल को मुंबई से लाने के लिए उनका प्राइवेट जेट खाली ही उड़ान भरता है और चप्पल लेकर लखनऊ आ जाता है. अमरीकी केबल्स के अनुसार- मायावती किसी भी राज्य पहली ऎसी सीएम हैं, जिन्होंने अपने घर से दफ्तर के लिए निजी सड़कें बनवाई. माया की रईसी का आलम यह है कि यहां से गुजरने के बाद इस सड़क की सफाई की जाती है. 23 अक्टूबर 2008 के एक केबल के मुताबिक माया ने विरोधियों द्वारा जहर दिए जाने की आशंका के मद्देनजर एक फूड टेस्टर की नियुक्ति तक कर रखी है, जो माया के खाने-पीने की चीजों की सुरक्षा करता है.

मायावती ने अपनी रसोई में कुल 9 कुक नियुक्त कर रखे हैं. इन नौ में से दो तो खाना पकाते हैं और बाकी सात लोग खाना पकाने वाले दो लोगों पर नजर रखते हैं. इस केबल में मायावती की जीवनशैली, सोच, राजनीति, भ्रष्टाचार और पार्टी चलाने तौर-तरीके आदि का खुलकर विश्लेषण किया गया है. मायावती को तमाम उपमाओं से भी नवाजा गया है. जैसे कि उन्हें “a first rate egomaniac” कहा गया है. उनके यूपी पर शासन के तरीके को “like a fiefdom” बताया गया है. उनके काम करने के तरीके के बारे में कहा गया है... She acts on her eccentricities, whims and insecurities.

मायावती के बारे में यही भी कहा गया है- She is obsessed with becoming prime minister. मायावती द्वारा अपना जन्मदिन जिस अंदाज और जिस तौर तरीके से मनाया कभी यूपी के डीजीपी रहे विक्रम सिंह ने अपने हाथों मायावती को बर्थडे पर केक खिलाया था.जाता है, उसका भी उल्लेख किया गया है. विकीलीक्स द्वारा जारी केबल में कहा गया है कि वे अपने जन्मदिन पर नौकरशाहों, पार्टी कार्यकर्ताओं, उद्यमियों से अरबों रुपये गिफ्ट के रूप में लेती हैं और उनके अफसर उन्हें केक खिलाने का मौका तलाशते रहते हैं. मायावती के नाक तले संस्थाबद्ध भ्रष्टाचार के बारे में भी टिप्पणी है.

एक जगह बताया गया है कि मायावती ने एक नौकरशाह से इसलिए इस्तीफा ले लिया क्योंकि उनकी बेटी दिल्ली में कांग्रेस में शामिल हो गई थी. एक पत्रकार के हवाले से केबल में कहा गया है कि मायावती ने अपने एक मंत्री को दंडित करते  हुए कई घंटे तक अपने सामने जमीन पर बिठाए रखा क्योंकि उसने गलती यह की थी कि राज्यपाल से मिलने जाने से पहले इसके लिए मायावती से अनुमति नहीं ली थी. यह भी कहा गया है कि यूपी में मायावती के राज में स्थिति थोड़ी बेहतर इसलिए हो जाती है क्योंकि सारा भ्रष्टाचार मायावती सिर्फ अपने हाथ में रखती हैं, किसी और को नहीं करने देतीं.

मायावती से संबंधित केबल में कही गई कुछ खास बातें इस प्रकार हैं.

  • When she needed new sandals, her private jet flew empty to Mumbai to retrieve her preferred brand.

  • A journalist said a minister was forced to do sit-ups in front of her for not asking permission to call on Governor.

  • Mayawati could be a powerbroker and perhaps even a king (or queen) maker.

  • Mayawati’s full majority victory in May 2007 UP state Assembly elections left her beholden to no one and has allowed her to act on her eccentricities, whims and insecurities.

  • All decisions must run through Mayawati or her very small coterie of advisors.

  • Mayawati deeply wants to become prime minister and with thirty plus seats, she will be a player at the center. With fifty seats (an outside possibility), the unpredictable chief minister could be a major player.

  • She constructed a private road from her residence to her office, which is cleaned immediately after her multiple vehicle convoy reaches its destination.

  • business, political, academic and media contacts generally agreed that Chief Minister Mayawati and her Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)  have done little to promote development since her May 2007 election.

  • According to several journalists, the law and order situation in UP has improved only in that Mayawati has centralized corruption in her own hands.

  • Mayawati has become a virtual paranoid dictator replete with food tasters and a security entourage to rival a head of state.

  • Mayawati is obsessed with becoming Prime Minister and the BSP will spend huge sums in next year's national polls. With all signs pointing to another coalition government in Delhi, Mayawati could be a powerbroker and perhaps even a king (or queen) maker.

  • Mayawati's vice-like grip  on all levers of power.  All decisions must run through Mayawati or her very small coterie of advisors.

  • One Lucknow journalist related a story in which a State Minister was forced to do sit-ups in front of her as penance for not first asking permission to call on UP's governor.

  • Mayawati forced a civil servant to resign when she learned his daughter had joined the Congress Party in Delhi.

  • Mayawati has institutionalized corruption with competitive fealty payments to her replacing shootouts.

  • Mayawati's revenue sources include payoffs and kickbacks from almost every interaction that large businesses have with the state government, standard practices in UP.

  • According to Lucknow journalists, she employs nine cooks (two to cook, the others to watch over them) and two food tasters.

  • She fears assassination and demanded from the central government the highest level of protection available. In addition to this outsized security apparatus, she constructed a private road from her residence to her office, which is cleaned immediately after her multiple vehicle convoy reaches its destination.

केबल के जारी होने के बाद समाचार एजेंसी एएफपी ने जो खबर पूरी दुनिया में जारी की है, वह इस प्रकार है-

India's low-caste 'hero' sent jet for shoes: US cables

NEW DELHI — A powerful Indian politician who styles herself as saviour of the country's downtrodden "untouchables" sent her private jet to pick up a pair of sandals, according to leaked US diplomatic cables. Mayawati, who uses only one name, is the chief minister of the massive state of Uttar Pradesh and head of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), as well as being a member of an "untouchable" (Dalit) caste herself.

US embassy cables from 2007 to 2009 released by the WikiLeaks website in recent days describe Mayawati, 55, as "a first-rate egomaniac" who "is obsessed with becoming prime minister". They said Mayawati celebrated her birthday each year by receiving millions of dollars in gifts from "sycophantic party members, civil servants and business people" while officials vie for a chance to feed her cake.

"When she needed new sandals, her private jet flew empty to Mumbai to retrieve her preferred brand," a cable dated October 23, 2008 reported, adding she employed food tasters to guard against poisoning.

"She constructed a private road from her residence to her office, which is cleaned immediately after her multiple vehicle convoy reaches its destination," the cable said in an analysis of her "eccentricities, whims and insecurities".

It added an account of Mayawati making a state minister do sit-ups in front of her as punishment for a minor protocol error, and reported it cost $250,000 to run as a BSP parliamentary candidate due to "institutionalized corruption".

Mayawati and the BSP performed below expectations in national elections in 2009, winning just 21 seats in the 543-seat parliament, but she retains strong support among poor, low-caste Indians across the north of the country.

She has often been criticised for extravagance, erecting huge statues of herself in public parks and being greeted at rallies with garlands made out of 1,000-rupee (20-dollar) bank notes.

The unmarried former schoolteacher, known as the "Dalit Queen" for her loyal vote base, did not immediately respond to the allegations made in the cables. In her current term, Mayawati has run Uttar Pradesh since May 2007 and was also chief minister from 2002 to 2003. AFP


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