A day after staging a climb down in the face off with Governor TV Rajeswar the Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Friday decided to go ahead with holding a special session of state legislature to seek a trust vote.
So, he fixed fresh dates for the session, got the same approved by state cabinet and went to Raj Bhawan to invite governor to address the joint sitting of the two Houses on January 18, 2007.
"Governor has happily accepted our invitation," said a beaming chief minister after meeting the governor at Raj Bhawan. "We had discussions in a cordial atmosphere," he said. Besides extending a formal invitation to governor to address the joint sitting of two houses the chief minister discussed unfolding political developments with governor in the backdrop of Rashtriya Lok Dal's decision to withdraw support from his government.
Chief minister said the discussions with the governor were held in a cordial atmosphere. Before going to Raj Bhawan the chief minister presided over the meeting of the state cabinet that decided to convene the special session on January 18, 2007. About a dozen ministers turned up for the cabinet meeting that had only one point on the agenda.
Much significance is being attached to chief minister's decision to seek trust vote at this stage. Besides reasserting his majority in Vidhan Sabha chief minister would obviously use the occasion to get political mileage by listing achievements of his government in the governor's address. Chief minister would also like to list the objectives that his government would like to achieve in election year.
Significantly chief minister is already leaving no opportunity to target Congress led UPA government. Talking to media persons Mulayam attacked the Centre for keeping mum over the issues of national interest. He demanded that action should be taken against the NRI responsible for making the video clipping showing a dancing Mahatma Gandhi.
"We are upset over the disrespect being shown to Mahatma Gandhi," said chief minister adding the Centre should take immediate steps to call the NRI back to India and action must be taken against him. The Samajwadi Party would not tolerate this, said the chief minister while flaying the Centre for having remained quiet on the issue of hanging of former Iraq President Saddam Hussain.
Meanwhile, other political parties are also working out their strategy to corner Mulayam government in the Vidhan Sabha. The Leader of Opposition Lalji Tandon said the Bharatiya Janata Party had no objection against convening the special session. "The state government is within its rights to convene the special session," said Tandon adding the BJP would corner the Mulayam government on issues of public interest and vote against the trust motion.
The Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) President Salman Khurshid attacked the chief minister for what he called seeking a trust vote without being asked to do so by the governor. Khurshid said the Congress would continue to oppose Mulayam government in and out of the House. Asked if the Congress would vote in favour of trust motion Khurshid said there was no question of extending any support to the Mulayam government.