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Mulayam resigns, criticises poll panel

He urges all parties to keep EC under check, reports Umesh Raghuvanshi.
Agencies | By Umesh Raghuvanshi, Lucknow
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2007 06:41 PM IST

Outgoing Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Friday blamed the Election Commission for his party's defeat in the assembly elections and said the political parties should sit together to find a way to keep what he called the EC's highhandedness under check.

"We accept the people's verdict. The manner in which the EC conducted the assembly poll however does not bode well for democracy," he said while talking to media persons after tendering his resignation to the Governor TV Rajeswar in Lucknow on Friday afternoon.

"A considerable number of our voters could not reach the polling booth. Names of a large section of voters did not appear on the electoral rolls. While some were denied to the right to cast votes the EC officials urged others to come to polling to booth and exercise their franchise," said the chief minister.

This was the high time that all parties sat together and discussed the ways to keep the EC under check, he said adding that the parties would have to initiate such steps before the coming Lok Sabha elections.

The Congress and the BJP had lauded the EC's efforts, he said adding that the BJP has suffered for its support to the EC while the Congress has been wiped out of the state.

Outcome of the assembly elections would pave the way for straight fight between the SP and BSP in the days to come, he said. Asked to react on Mayawati's statement that she would act against him he said, "Go and ask Mayawati. We will go to the people and strengthen the party organisation."

A spokesman of Raj Bhawan meanwhile said the Governor has accepted his resignation and asked Mulayam Singh Yadav to continue as caretaker CM.

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