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SP demands removal of governor

Samajwadi Party on Monday resorted to statewide agitation demanding removal of Governor TV Rajeswar, reports Masoodul Hasan.

india Updated: Feb 19, 2007 20:49 IST

While the Congress-led UPA government has been considering dismissal of Mulayam Singh Yadav government, the Samajwadi Party on Monday resorted to statewide agitation demanding removal of Governor TV Rajeswar.

Talking to newsmen on Monday the Agriculture Minister Dr Ashok Bajpai said the Raj Bhawan had become centre of conspiracies against the state government.

Bajpai said "instead of seeking legal opinion from the advocate general, the governor had sought the opinion on Supreme Court's decision from the Congress Chief Salman Khurshid, BSP General Secretary SC Mishra and BJP leader Lalji Tandon."

During the demonstration, Bajpai said, the party submitted a memorandum to the district magistrates, addressed to the President, against the governor. In Lucknow a large number of SP workers assembled at Hazratganj to march towards Raj Bhawan. However, the police scuttled their move. The workers threw burning tyres disrupting the traffic on busy square. They also burnt effigy of the governor.

Assailing the Congress of making desperate efforts to dislodge the Yadav government Bajpai said the apex court order disqualifying 13 BSP MLAs had been misinterpreted. Claiming that government still enjoyed majority, Bajpai said it would be proved once again on February 26. Bajpai said the then Speaker Kesri Nath Tripathi had allowed split and merger of breakaway BSP group as per the law in September 2003. He, however, said the BJP should not demand resignation of the chief minister on moral grounds. The party has planned to hold a state level conference in Lucknow on February 21 to chalk out the action plan for the election.

First Published: Feb 19, 2007 20:49 IST