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india Updated: Aug 24, 2006 11:01 IST

CHIEF MINISTER Mulayam Singh Yadav said today the elections to the Vidhan Sabha would be held in February or March 2007.

“Time for politicking is here,” said the Chief Minister, adding the Election Commission would, however, give final orders and decide the dates for the Vidhan Sabha poll. The Chief Minister was replying to the debate in Vidhan Sabha on terrorism and law and order situation.

His statement comes at a point when there are speculations that the CM may go in for an early Vidhan Sabha poll.

The Chief Minister attacked BJP member Keshri Nath Tripathi for his observations against former prime ministers Jawahar Lal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri and Indira Gandhi whose actions Tripathi said were responsible for cross-border terrorism. “They called her Ran Chandi and Durga Mata when Indira Gandhi was Prime Minister. Now they are levelling such allegations,” said the CM.

Taking a dig at the ongoing infighting in the BJP, the chief minister said State BJP president Keshri Nath Tripathi was jealous of Leader of Opposition Lalji Tandon. “It was with our support that Tandon got elected to Vidhan Parishad,” he said, adding that Tripathi must have felt jealous for being left out .

The chief minister said that he also faced athreat to life from terrorists. A terrorist arrested earlier had indicated this to the intelligence agencies, he said, adding that the terrorists had planned to kidnap him and his son. The CM also used the occasion to target former Prime Minister Vishwanath Pratap Singh, without naming him.

The Chief Minister said it was during the tenure of the VP Singh-led government that innocent people were killed in fake encounters. No fake encounter, however, had taken place during his tenure as CM, said Yadav.

CM on aided schools

Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav today ruled out the possibility of including more schools/colleges on the list of aided educational institutions due to financial constraints.

Raising the issue, Sukhdev Rajbhar and Jagdish Narain Rai (both BSP) said various schools run by NGOs and others in rural areas were doing a commendable job in the field of primary education as most of the students there were SC/ST.

He regretted that the management of the schools were facing acute financial crisis and pay hardly Rs 200 to Rs 300 per month to teachers. Many of them had been teaching for years in the hope of getting higher salaries and had reached retirement age without any raise in the pittance they get as salary.