CHIEF MINISTER Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday took a strong exception to Governor TV Rajeswar’s observations at the Police Week parade.
Yadav said, “Those who expect others to be fair should also conduct themselves in an impartial manner.”
The governor, being a Constitutional functionary, should uphold the dignity of his post, he added. The chief minister said the governor should have checked the veracity of the large number of complaints he had received about irregularities in the urban local bodies’ election. “How many of these complaints were genuine?” he asked.
He said the governor should not meddle in the affairs of the State Government, adding that he would call on the governor to request him to uphold democratic traditions and not take up such issues.
The chief minister also took a dig at the governor for “targeting the government over issuing carbine licences to those having criminal antecedents”.
“The governor should have known that the carbine licences are issued by the Centre.” His remarks indicated that the governor had not spared even the Centre, said the chief minister. “Someone may be provoking the governor to speak in such a manner. No one should misguide him,” he added.
The governor should have found out how many of the licences were issued under Congress rule, he added.
The governor should not have levelled such baseless allegations against the State Government, he asserted.
The chief minister flayed the Congress for “joining hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party”. He said the BJP and the BSP were toeing the Congress’ line and speaking the Congress’ language to attack the Samajwadi Party-led Government. He also indirectly targeted former Prime Minister VP Singh, whose Jan Morcha has been spearheading a campaign against his government.
Referring to the governor’s observations about the law and order situation, the chief minister said a sitting judge of the Supreme Court should be asked to conduct an inquiry into the law and order situation in Mumbai, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.
“I will not contest elections if the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh is found to be worse than in other places,” said the chief minister, claiming the situation in Maharashtra was very serious in view of “caste conflicts” there.
About Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami’s visit, the chief minister said he had already requested the Election Commission to hold the UP assembly poll by February 2007. The chief minister hoped the EC would uphold “the tradition of acceding to the request of the State Government”, while deciding the poll dates. The EC had advanced the West Bengal poll earlier on the request of the government there, he demanded. Reacting sharply to the demand for imposition of President’s rule, he asked why the Gujarat election was not held under President’s rule even after the riots. He also asked, “Why was President’s rule not imposed in Maharashtra after the Mumbai riots?”