Governor TV Rajeswar on Monday came down heavily on the previous Mulayam Singh Yadav government calling its formation 'unconstitutional' and declared that the new regime would 'put an end to confrontation' with the Centre.
"An atmosphere of anarchy prevailed in Uttar Pradesh during the last about four years. The people's verdict was ridiculed by forming an unconstitutional government after splitting political parties," said Governor adding, "If development of anyone has taken place it is only of Goondas, Mafias and criminals."
Governor took strong exception to controversial advertisement campaign featuring super star Amitabh Bachchan claiming low crime rate in Uttar Pradesh and said, "An insult has been inflicted on the people of the state by putting a crude joke Pradesh Main Jurm Hai Kum." It was difficult to describe the kind of terror the people felt during past four years, said Governor.
Governor was addressing the joint sitting of both the Houses of State Legislature at Vidhan Sabha Hall in Lucknow on Monday. This was after a gap of nearly 14 years that any Governor was allowed to read out his complete address.
Governor took nearly 45 minutes to complete it. He had to take a sip of water in between and often found it difficult to read out the chaste Hindi words that had been incorporated in his address.
Significantly entire opposition led by the leader of opposition Mulayam Singh Yadav maintained a studied silence as Governor continued to target previous regime. Samajwadi Party leader Mohammad Azam Khan however raised the issue when House reassembled at 12.30 pm. Khan urged the Speaker to expunge the reference calling Mulayam regime unconstitutional. "We pity the Governor," said Khan adding that the Governor in his address had lauded Mulayam government on January 18, 2007.
Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Lalji Verma however said Governor's address was in accordance with Constitution and there was no need to expunge any part of it. Replying to a point of propriety by BJP's Hukum Singh he said the sugar mills would continue to operate till the last sugarcane was crushed.
Taking a dig at the much-touted Uttar Pradesh Development Council (UPDC) scrapped recently the Governor said "The industries have been cheated in the name of UPDC." About delay in installation of power plants Governor said "the previous government made tall promises in respect of installing new power plants, but could not begin construction work. My government shall pay attention on the subject and would get the sanctioned schemes either completed within the next three years or cancel them."
"The middlemen and contractors with criminal antecedents remained all powerful as bribery dominated over development programmes and transfers," said Governor adding that the new government had been given a clear verdict against terror, crime and corruption after a gap of nearly 16 years.
The state government would set up more and more technical and management educational institutions in the private sector and create an atmosphere conducive for setting up quality universities in private sector. "One government-aided institute would be upgraded to provide quality science and technology education just like the IIT and the Indian Institute of Sciences," he said.