The Samajwadi Party went on an offensive against Uttar Pradesh Governor TV Rajeshwar on Friday, knocking at the doors of the Rashtrapati Bhavan to demand his recall.
The Samajwadi Party’s petition to President APJ Abdul Kalam came within hours of Bahujan Samaj Party leaders meeting Kalam earlier in the day to demand imposition of President’s Rule in the state “without which a free and fair election was impossible.”
A delegation of Bharatiya Janata Party leaders had met Kalam last weekend, complaining that a situation had arisen where the “government in the state cannot be carried in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution”.
Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh are due early next year.
“TV Rajeshwar has lost his credibility to continue in the honourable position of a governor, hence he be called back immediately to protect the federal element of the Constitution of the country,” Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh said after meeting the President.
The Governor on several occasions has gone out of his way to criticize the state administration and leaders and has converted the Raj Bhawan into a Congress headquarter in the state, he alleged.