b>Lucknow: Under fire for the lavish expenditure at the Saifai Mahotsav at a time when the Muzaffarnagar riot victims have been devoid of basic amenities, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav defended himself saying that a lot has been done for the victims while attacking the media for what he called was its "biased coverage". "We also want the people in camps to return to their homes in Muzaffarnagar," he said.
He also said that the event is organised every year with the participation of the people there and conveyed his disappointment over the artists being targeted for taking part in the event. "There was no report about the actors visiting the hospitals. Salman Khan took charge of the treatment of a lot of riots victims. Why was that not reported," he questioned.
He claimed that the amount of expenditure incurred on the Mahotsav that is being reported in the media was highly inflated and not more than Rs 8-10 crore were spent at the event. He added that there are a lot of small shop owners who benefit from such fairs and cancelling the event would amount to a lot of losses for them.
He defended the UP government's stand on giving tax breaks to the movie 'Dedh Ishqiya' stating that the film represents the culture of Lucknow and thus should be promoted to attract more people to the state.
On being targeted over not enough being done for the riots victims he blamed the media of being biased.