Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday claimed that state Governor TV Rajeswar had recommended dismissal of his government and imposition of President’s rule even as he asserted that his government favoured an early Vidhan Sabha election - before February 2007.
“Governor has sent his recommendation,” said the chief minister adding that the Raj Bhawan has not denied reports that have been published in a section of press in this regard. Besides the media reports he also had information from his own sources about the governor’s recommendation, said chief minister after presiding over a meeting of the state cabinet at Lal Bahadur Shastri Bhawan on Wednesday.
“There may not be a written document. Our sources have however given this information,” he said. “If the state governments are dismissed in such a manner no government would survive,” said the chief minister. Asserting that he was in favour of an early Vidhan Sabha poll the chief minister said he would neither go for dissolution of Vidhan Sabha nor would favour prolonging its tenure beyond five years.
“We had opposed this earlier. We remain opposed to it even now,” said the chief minister in an obvious indication that he favoured the poll before February 26, 2007 (Vidhan Sabha was constituted on February 26, 2001) and not stretch the same to May 14, 2007 when Vidhan Sabha —five years from the date of first sitting of Vidhan Sabha. “We will discuss the issue with other colleagues and suggest tentative dates to Election Commission,” said the chief minister adding that EC would only take a final decision on the issue.
Significantly within hours of chief minister spoke to media persons on the issue the Raj Bhawan issued clarification that the governor had not made any recommendation for imposition of President’s rule. Chief Minister’s observations however have also become significant in view of the ongoing standoff between him and Governor and demand of main political parties to dismiss his government.
Chief Minister pooh-poohed the Opposition for alleging that his government misused official machinery in the urban local bodies elections. “How could officers ensure victory in the poll,” he asked? The Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party have joined hands to dismiss his government,” said the Chief Minister adding that the parties had been left with no issues of public interest-unemployment or the rising inflation. CM was more critical of the BSP for its efforts to woo Brahmins. The BSP coined slogans against upper castes and fought against domination of ‘Brahmins’, said the chief minister adding that BSP has now claimed that it supported BJP in the urban local bodies poll. The BSP’s claims have proved the Samajwadi Party right,” said the CM adding that the SP had been alleging that the BSP and the BJP were in league with each other.
Chief Minister also flayed the UPA government for what he called pursuing anti-farmer policies. Chief minister said his government would soon declare the support price for cane growers. The sugar policy declared by his government was yielding good results, said the CM adding that Uttar Pradesh had acquired number of slot in the field of sugar production. “UP was now firmly on first place,” said the chief minister adding that the sugar production in UP had touched a new height of 61 lakh metric tones against Maharashtra that produced 32 lakh metric tones of sugar.