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Mulayam questions Governor's decision

india Updated: Nov 20, 2006 19:39 IST
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Questioning Governor TV Rajeshwar’s denial that he had recommended the dismissal of the government, chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav said he had confirmed information about the move for the imposition of the President’s rule in the state.

Yadav said an "unsigned" statement of the Governor on the issue was meaningless. He also challenged Congress chief Sonia Gandhi to face him in UP.  

Addressing inaugural function of Maulana Ali Miyan memorial Baitul Hujjaj (Haj House) in Lucknow on Monday, the chief minister also announced to hold a special emergency session of Samajwadi Party in Lucknow on November 25 to chalk out a counter-action plan.

Yadav calling upon the party cadre for "non-violent bagawat" (non-violent rebellion) said he had accepted the challenge of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

The chief minister said he was being insulted and it would not be tolerated. The chief minister said law and order in UP was far better than Mumbai and Delhi but the Congress-led UPA government had decided to impose central rule in the state. He said the party would give befitting reply to Sonia Gandhi.

Yadav said, "Agar mera koi kasoor ho aur sarkar chali jai to koi baat nahin (if I have committed any mistake and the government goes he wouldn’t mind). But without any fault his government was being dismissed and all arrangements in this connection had been made.

The chief minister said the Governor’s denial on the issue was not trustworthy, as the press statement was not signed by any authority of Raj Bhawan.

Yadav said Sonia Gandhi’s statement that law and order situation was not proper to hold free and fair election in UP was a dangerous and "dirty". He said Sonia Gandhi’s mother-in-law (Indira Gandhi) had also given challenge to socialists leaders and "she was fixed" and now the SP would firmly deal with the Congress.

He said the party was ready for struggle. Yadav said, "The so-called secular leaders were jealous of me because of the development of the state during the last three years."

In an attempt to woo Muslims the chief minister said construction of Haj House within a year was enough to prove that the government was committed to the community’s welfare.

The chief minister also enumerated sops given to the community during the last three years including appointments in the police and PAC. The chief minister said he would not tolerate the community’s neglect at any cost. He also assailed the Centre for implicating SIMI activists in "fake cases".

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