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Raj Babbar demands President rule in UP

The Jan Morcha President Raj Babbar accused the SJP led government of indulging in rigging in elections, reports Umesh Raghuvanshi.

india Updated: Nov 09, 2006 22:45 IST

The Jan Morcha President Raj Babbar today accused the Samajwadi Party led government of indulging in rigging in elections to urban local bodies and demanded imposition of President’s rule to ensure free and fair Vidhan Sabha polls.

The Jan Morcha would not allow continuation of Mulayam Singh Yadav as caretaker chief minister, said Raj Babbar. If Mulayam Singh Yadav was allowed to continue as caretaker chief minister Jan Morcha would launch a statewide agitation, he said. A delegation of Jan Morcha constituents would meet the President after November 14, 2006 to apprise him of developments in UP and demand President’s rule, he said. There was no rule to allow a care taker chief minister. Instead this was a tradition, he said.

Raj Babbar was talking to media persons before launching the third phase of Dadri Mukti Sangram Yatra here today. The third phase of Yatra would commence from Unnao and pass through Kanpur Nagar, Kanpur Dehat, Auraiya, Etawah, Firozabad, Mainpuri and Farrukhabad, he said. The Jan Morcha’s campaign against Mulayam Singh Yadav government was yielding results, he said adding that this has been reflected in the outcome of the urban local bodies poll. The electorate has negated the Samajwadi Party all over the state, he said adding that the SP candidates failed to perform well in the districts falling on route of the Sangram Yatra. The SP candidate lost deposit in Agra, he said.

Babbar also flayed the SP for what he called its collusion with the BJP to prevent the Congress from winning poll. The SP was extending tacit help to the Bharatiya Janata Party, he said. In Lucknow alone nearly 37000 votes had been declared invalid, he said adding that at many places Muslims were not allowed to cast their votes. There was no confusion among the Muslim voters, he said adding that a section of the Muslim leaders may however try to confuse minority community.

Babbar also flayed the SP led government for rigging in the urban local bodies poll and said he would produce necessary evidence at appropriate time. The SP led government was responsible for large scale booth capturing in the poll, he said adding that there would be violence in the Vidhan Sabha poll if Mulayam Singh Yadav was allowed to continue as caretaker chief minister.


First Published: Nov 09, 2006 22:45 IST