UP CM gives call for "do or die" battle for coming elections

Published on Nov 25, 2006 11:06 PM IST

Yadav also asked party workers to bridge differences and fight the electoral battle unitedly, reports Masoodul Hasan.

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Chief Minister Mulayam Singh on Saturday giving a call for "do or die" battle to workers in the forthcoming state assembly election asked them to bridge differences and fight the electoral battle unitedly.

Addressing the state convention of Samajwadi Party in Lucknow on Saturday Yadav said challenges were serious and the workers should popularise the state government achievements during the last three years.

Yadav asked workers to raise their hands on the banks of river Gomti in solidarity with the party leadership.

He asked the workers to accept the decision of the party in selection of the candidates and ensure their victory. In a political resolution adopted at the convention the party called upon the workers to expose the conspiracy of the Congress.

The party announcing a direct battle against Congress, BSP and BJP said it was confident enough to take on them single handedly.

Shaken over Muslim migration from the party, SP leaders said there was a US-led worldwide conspiracy to defame Islam and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi was a link to that plot. The party assailed Mayawati's "Muslim-are-fanatics" statement.
The Maharashtra president Abu Asim said that police had been targeting Muslims in the state in the name of terrorism.

The chief minister said the results of assembly elections would have national repercussions and it was for this reason that some parties had told him that they would talk to him (Yadav) after the poll on the fate of UPA government.

Pointing out that SP's future was at stake, Yadav said internal dissension should be controlled. The chief minister, expressing concern over infighting, said party leaders instead of taking on the Opposition had been trying to pull down each other in the party.

He asked the workers to teach a lesson to capitalists "dalal" who were helping the Congress.

While SP general secretary Beni Prasad Verma blasted former prime minister VP Singh, Amar Singh attacked Jan Morcha Alliance (JMA) convenor Raj Babbar.

Singh said Babbar only played negative roles in films. Singh said Maharashtra government had allowed the rally of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and RSS conference in Pune but banned Mulayam Singh's meeting in Mumbai.

Email Masoodul Hasan: mhasan@hindustantimes.com

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