Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and most of his ministerial colleagues would skip the much touted tourist destinations across the country even as a number of bureaucrats are going to have a gala time enjoying fun and frolic with their families to welcome 2007.
Call it the pressure of facing the electorate in the coming Vidhan Sabha elections in the next few months or their love for work and constituents the ministers this year would welcome their new year in Lucknow or at their home in their respective constituencies. "Chief Minister is not going out. At most he goes to his native village of Saifai or New Delhi on such occasions," said a senior officer of chief minister's secretariat.
Chief Minister along with Samajwadi Party national vice president Janeshwar Mishra is likely to attend a function being organised to mark 21st death anniversary of Lok Bandhu Raj Narain at the Samajwadi Party headquarters on Sunday. Most of his ministers when contacted however said they would like to spend time in their constituencies.
As Id-uz-Zuha (Baqrid) was falling on January 1, 2007 many of them said they would celebrate the festival with their family members at their respective homes. The Minister for Tourism Kokab Hamid said he would remain in his constituency on December 31 and be at home on next day. "I will be in Lucknow. Generally I do not move out," said the Minister for Family Welfare Ahmad Hasan.
Significantly the Minister for Transport Naresh Agarwal also appears to have decided not to go to any tourist destinations this year. Agarwal though was not available for comments his staff said the minister would proceed to Hardoi on Sunday evening.
The Minister for Basis Education Kiran Pal Singh has already convened a rally in his constituency on Sunday in an obvious attempt to steer clear himself of the controversy over murder of Chaudhary Charan Singh Meerut University adhoc lecturer Kavita Rani.
The Minister for Minor Irrigation and Muslim Waqf Shaquir Ali said he would remain in his constituency. The Minister for Revenue Ambika Chaudhary would be in State Capital on Sunday though programme was uncertain for Monday, said his staff.
Although the Election Commission is yet to make any announcement about Uttar Pradesh's poll programme most of politicians appear to be in an election mode. The EC's move not to announce poll dates for UP and extend the date for publication of final electoral rolls has already raised many an eyebrows in the corridors of power. So, most of MLAs and other public representatives are also likely to spend time in their respective constituencies.
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leaders including State President Keshri Nath Tripathi would be in Lucknow. The Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) President Salman Khurshid is likely to be in New Delhi. The Congress Legislature Party leader Parmod Tiwari is likely to visit his constituency in Pratapgarh and later welcome the New Year in Allahabad. The Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati would also remain in New Delhi.