THE ALL India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary and in-charge of Uttar Pradesh Ashok Gehlot today said that Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav’s accusations that Governor TV Rajeswar had recommended dismissal of the Samajwadi Party-led government and imposition of the President’s rule, was only a ploy to gain public sympathy.
While talking to media persons here on Thursday, Gehlot said that the Congress’ support to Mulayam Singh Yadav government was only technical and not political in nature.
The Congress and the Samajwadi Party adhered to different political ideologies, he said, adding that two parties were on a different political plank. There could be no political support in view of the manner in which Chief Minister was attacking the Congress, he said.
Replying to a question, Gehlot said that the Congress felt that free and fair elections were not possible during the Mulayam Singh Yadav’s regime.
The Congress had the right to put the feelings of people regarding the demand for imposition of President’s rule before Governor, he said, adding that it was for the Governor to take a decision on the issue.
Recommendation of the President’s rule in the state was the sole prerogative of the Governor and the Congress had no role to play, the Congress general secretary said.
After New Delhi sojourn, Governor back in business
THE GOVERNOR TV Rajeswar is back, after nearly a weeklong visit to New Delhi, where he held close-door parleys with President APJ Abdul Kalam and the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Soon after reaching Lucknow today afternoon, the Governor gave his nod to vote on account for the first four months of 2007-2008, which the State Government proposes to table in Vidhan Sabha. It is noteworthy that at the behest of Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, the State Cabinet had decided to present the vote on account for first four months of next fiscal.
Sources at the Raj Bhawan though described the Governor’s visit to New Delhi as a routine, it had assumed significance, in view of Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav’s attacks on the former for what the latter called — sending a report to Centre, recommending Presidentt’s rule in the State.
Besides, meeting President and the Prime Minister, the Governor also met the Union Minister for Home Shivraj Patil and briefed about State’s law and order situation. There are reports also that the Governor briefed about the desecration of the Baba Saheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar’s statue in Kanpur that subsequently led to disturbances in Maharashtra.
The Governor’s visit also became significant as it came in the midst of demands for the dismissal of the Mulayam government and the imposition of President’s rule in the State.