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Mulayam demands recall of governor

india Updated: Feb 18, 2007 19:39 IST
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Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Sunday demanded recall of the Governor TV Rajeswar. Yadav said Raj Bhawan had become the centre of conspiracies against the state government.

Addressing a gathering in Mahoba in Bundelkhand on Sunday the chief minister also blasted the Congress for making efforts to pull down his "democratically elected" government. Asserting that his government had a majority, the chief minister said it would be proved once again during floor test in the assembly on February 26. Yadav said the Congress instead of facing the electorate had been conspiring to pull down the government. The governor, in his report sent to the centre on Saturday, had not only dubbed Yadav government as "unconstitutional" but had also expressed apprehension about "horse trading" during the trial of strength on February 26.

The Transport Minister Naresh Agarwal told newsmen in Lucknow that the governor had no right to comment on the business of the House. He said Raj Bhawan's report had been prepared under the pressure of the Congress. He said if the formation of the Yadav government was illegal the Raj Bhawan was equally responsible and "action should be taken against it also".  

Welcoming the CPM decision to oppose imposition of central rule in UP, Agarwal said the party had decided to parade the MLAs at Rashtrapati Bhawan if any such action was taken. He said the party had also planned to move Supreme Court on the issue. The minister also appealed to President APJ Abdul Kalam to not accept the recommendation, if any, about the dismissal of Yadav government as the UPA government had come into "minority" on the issue after opposition by CPM, NCP and DMK. He said MLAs had extended support to Yadav government "rising above party line". The minister not considering it "floor crossing" said it was for the Speaker to decide the issue. Agarwal said instead of playing the destabilising game the Congress should go to the people to win the election.

The NDA convenor George Fernandes also assailed the Congress for destabilising the Yadav government. Fernandes, who was in Lucknow to attend the Samata Party conference said the stir would be launched against the Congress. But he also expressed his displeasure over "horse-trading" in UP. "Such people should be send to jail," he commented. 

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