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Mulayam raises pitch for early poll

india Updated: Nov 16, 2006 01:46 IST

...sees TVR push  for Central rule

CHIEF MINISTER Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday asserted that his government favoured an early Vidhan Sabha election — before February 2007 — and would soon send a request to the Election Commission in this regard.

He claimed Governor TV Rajeswar had recommended dismissal of his government and imposition of President’s rule in Uttar Pradesh.

“We do not want to stretch the term of the House beyond five years,” the chief minister said. He was talking to mediapersons soon after a State Cabinet meeting at Lal Bahadur Shastri Bhawan here today.

“We had opposed this earlier. (Samajwadi Party MLAs had resigned on September 11, 2001 to protest against stretching the Vidhan Sabha’s term beyond five years.) We remain opposed to it even now,” he said, indicating that he favoured the poll before February 26, 2007.

The current Vidhan Sabha was constituted on February 26, 2002. As the Election Commission considers the term of the House from the date of the first sitting, it proposes to complete the poll process before May 14, 2007.

“We will discuss the issue with our colleagues and suggest dates to the Election Commission,” he said.

He added the EC would take a final decision.

He, however, categorically stated that he would not go in for dissolution of the Vidhan Sabha. “Why should we do so? The election will have to be held automatically now.”

His observations assume significance in view of indications that the EC may not club the UP poll with Punjab, Haryana and Manipur assembly elections.

By favouring an early election, the chief minister seemed to be indicating his preference for a simultaneous poll in these States to ensure that the strength of Central Para Military Forces (CPMF) was evenly distributed among all States and the focus was not on Uttar Pradesh.

It remains to be seen whether the EC accedes to his request. The EC will be in a position to hold the election anytime after January 3, 2007, when the final electoral rolls of UP are published.

Targeting Raj Bhawan, he said he had media reports and information from his sources to buttress his claim that the Governor had sent his recommendation to dismiss his government and impose President’s rule in UP.

“There may not be a written document. Our sources have, however, given this information,” he said.

“If State Governments are dismissed in such a manner, no government will survive,” he said.

The chief minister’s observations, however, have also become significant in view of the ongoing standoff between him and the Governor and the main Opposition parties’ demand to dismiss the government.

The chief minister pooh-poohed the Opposition’s claim that his government misused the official machinery in the urban local bodies election.  “How can officers ensure victory?” he asked.  “The Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party have joined hands in a bid to ensure dismissal of  the government,” he said.

 He added  the parties were left with no issues of public interest, such as unemployment or inflation.

The 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’, he said. But now the BSP  claimed that it supported the BJP in the urban civic poll, he added. “The BSP’s claims have proved the Samajwadi Party right.” The SP had alleged that the BSP and the BJP were in league with each other. The chief minister also flayed the UPA Government for pursuing ‘anti-farmer’ policies.

He said his government would soon declare the support price for cane growers.

The State’s sugar policy was yielding good results, he said, adding UP had secured the number one slot in sugar production. umeshraghuvanshi@hindustantimes.com

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