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Mulayam must go: Singhvi

CONGRESS SPOKESMAN Abhishek Manu Singhvi has said that he personally felt that Uttar Pradesh was a ripe case for President?s rule, though he hastened to add whether this becomes the Congress party?s stand or not would emerge only after consultations among top party leaders.

india Updated: Mar 01, 2006 00:38 IST

CONGRESS SPOKESMAN Abhishek Manu Singhvi has said that he personally felt that Uttar Pradesh was a ripe case for President’s rule, though he hastened to add whether this becomes the Congress party’s stand or not would emerge only after consultations among top party leaders.

Singhvi, who was here on a private visit, was reacting to developments in Uttar Pradesh, following Allahabad Court ruling setting aside the defection of 40 BSP MLAs to SP.

He said that following the High Court ruling, the Mulayam Singh Government had been reduced to a minority, and ‘therefore the SP government should resign’. He pointed out that a minority government was also a violation of the 10th Schedule of the Constitution. He said, as it was, the SP Government had delayed the judgement due to their various delaying tactics and it was high time for Mulayam to step down.

Asked specifically whether Congress would withdraw outside support from the government, he skirted the issue and said that since the Congress simply did not have the numbers the issue was not relevant.

On what the Congress could realistically do if Mulayam Singh refused to resign, he said that the party would reach out to the people of Uttar Pradesh about the state of affairs. He said the party was committed to good governance and that was why they had always highlighted issues of corruption and misrule in the State.

Clarifying on the party’s stand on M F Hussain painting a naked picture of Bharat Mata and Uttar Pradesh Haj Minister Yaqoob Qureshi announcing reward of Rs 51 crore to anyone who kills the Danish cartoonist who drew objectionable cartoons of Prophet Mohammad, Singhvi said it was incorrect to say that Congress had not objected on both these issues. He said the party believed that anything that hurts the sentiments of the people should be condemned, and they had publicly condemned Hussain’s paintings.

On Qureshi’s statement, he said the party felt that issuing such statements was more condemnable than the original act. However, he added that the Congress did not believe in vandalism to register their protest.

Answering a query about the reported difference between Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh and Revenue Minister Narayan Rane, Singhvi said there was no truth in this and it was result of ‘fertile imagination’ of the opponents.

On the Left Front’s opposition to the budget, President Bush’s visit and Iran issue, Singhvi said that in a coalition such differences were natural and discussion between the partners was a solution. If issues could not be resolved, the allies would ‘agree of disagree’ on that issue.

First Published: Mar 01, 2006 00:38 IST