The ruling Samajwadi Party’s "halla bol" against Governor TV Rajeswar has now become quite shrill. The party, which has taken the battle to Delhi, has now planned to mobilize the people on the issue. The party has been desperately trying to turn "recall governor" issue into a slogan in the run-up to the state assembly elections.
While the battle between chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and Rajeswar had been going on for quite sometime it took a turn for worse at the annual police parade last month where the state police was grilled for rising crime graph and IPS officers-politician nexus in the presence of the chief minister. Thereafter SP state convention provided an opportunity to leaders to run down the governor. There is now no-holds-barred battle between the two constitutional heads of the government. Even though Raj Bhawan had been in controversy in the past also, there has never been such open tug of war between the two.
While the chief minister has accused the governor of working as Congress agent, SP general secretary Beni Prasad Verma has demanded abolition of post of governor. Amar Singh said the Governor even did not deserve the title of "leader of Opposition". But the leader of teachers’ group in Vidhan Parishad Om Prakash Sharma told Hindustan Times that "SP’s charge against the governor is indirect accusation of the President", as the governor represented the President.
Sharma said the governor had not been at all interfering in the functioning of the government. He said the governor had right to know the functioning of his government. Sharma also assailed the SP for using un- parliamentary language against the governor. Sharma said had there been any thing wrong on the part of the governor the President in his own wisdom would have recalled him. But the president had not done so, Sharma said. On the other the Raj Bhawan is tightlipped over the accusation.
However there is feeling in the official circle that frontal attack on the governor was aimed at diverting attention of the people from other issues. The SP has now issued instruction to the workers to take up Raj Bhawan politicization issue to the people. The party hopes to ward off anti-incumbency by creating hype over the issue. Will the gamble yield positive result is a question being hotly debated in official circle.