CHIEF MINISTER Mulayam Singh Yadav threw an open challenge to the Congress and the BJP today to get his Samajwadi Party Government dismissed but at the same time asked them to give a single valid reason for the same. He accused the two parties of using the Raj Bhavan for dismissal of his government, with the Congress going to the extent of turning the Raj Bhavan into its party office.
The Chief Minister intervened when the government was replying to a question raised by Dr Lakshmi Kant Bajpai (BJP) during the zero hour, on the huge plot of land given to Reliance Energy in Dadri.
He accused the Congress of projecting Uttar Pradesh in a wrong manner by unnecessary criticising the law and order situation that prevented various industrialists from setting up their units in the State. A lot of hue and cry was raised when the land was allotted to Reliance Energy in Dadri, he said and informed that the land given to Reliance was nothing in comparison to 25,000 acres and 10,000 acres given to a unit of the same industrial house in Haryana and West Bengal. The farmers’ land was acquired in Dadri only after their consent and the compensation paid to them was thrice the prevailing market rates, yet some parties were making it an issue for political gains.
The Centre was creating hurdles in supplying gas for the proposed power plant, the Chief Minister alleged and claimed that the UPA Government would allow supply of gas only after the State assembly elections, for political reasons.
Without naming anybody, he accused the Congress of driving a wedge between the Ambani brothers. He observed that ‘everybody knew who was responsible for this’.
He alleged that the Congress and the BJP were hand in glove and claimed that the recently concluded civic poll was held in the most fair and free manner, otherwise the BJP would not have won in so many places.
Lalji Tandon reminded the Chief Minister of providing power from the Dadri plant in two and a half years and regretted that the Reliance Energy had not yet placed orders for supply of turbines which took at least three years for delivery.
Leader of the Congress Legislature Party Pramod Tiwari countered the Chief Minister’s allegation and said that the Congress had no truck with the BJP whatsoever. He reminded Mulayam that it was the Samajwadi Party which had joined hands with the saffron brigade to form the government in the State in 1977. He said that the Congress-BJP nexus was a flight of imagination of the Chief Minister.
Tiwari echoed Tandon’s sentiment when he said that it was impossible to generate power in Dadri in the next three years as it took more than three years to get supply of and install turbines required for the proposed power station.