STATE BJP president Keshari Nath Tripathi today came down heavily on the Mulayam Singh Yadav government, dubbing various measures taken by it as pre-poll preparations at the cost of hard earned public money.
Tripathi reiterated the BJP demand of immediate imposition of the President’s Rule in the state “as there was no scope for a free and fair Vidhan Sabha election till Yadav was in power”.
The ongoing recruitment in the police and PAC, unemployment allowance to a selected few, huge spending on wooing voters in the name of different schemes coupled with minority appeasement at the cost of Hindus’ interests were all indicative of ‘unethical and illegal’ poll preparations of the chief minister, he alleged.
Tripathi condemned the move of the chief minister to get approval of the Cabinet to spend Rs 16 crore from the state exchequer on various functions and public meetings organised by the Samajwadi Party. He said there was an urgent need to impose President’s Rule in the state to stop Yadav from spending this way. He said his party would soon meet the CEC to draw his attention towards the issue.
Talking to the Hindustan Times here on Monday, Tripathi denied that his party was in a slumber and was not prepared for the polls. “We are much ahead of our rivals in poll preparations,” he claimed.
Tripathi said a tentative list of 250 BJP nominees, including almost all the sitting BJP MLAs, who would be fielded in the coming Vidhan Sabha elections, had been finalised. He said the same would soon be put before the State Election Committee for its approval before sending it to the Central Election Committee of the party.
Replying to a question, Tripathi denied that there was any dispute over the list, which was finalised in consultation with all the senior party leaders of the state, including Kalyan Singh and Lalji Tandon. He, however, admitted that there was some resentment over the selection of the candidates mainly due to communication gap.
Tripathi made it clear that the BJP would not enter into any pre or post poll alliance in the Vidhan Sabha elections and expressed the confidence that the BJP would capture enough seats to form a Government independently.