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Yadav flays political rivals

He was replying to the debate on the motion of thanks to the governor's address in the Vidhan Sabha in Lucknow on Thursday.

india Updated: Jan 25, 2007 19:54 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent

Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav was in his true mettle on Thursday. He spared none and used all kinds of adjectives against his political rivals and adversaries while replying to the debate on motion of thanks to the governor's address in the Vidhan Sabha in Lucknow on Thursday.

The chief minister strongly condemned the opposition for boycotting the House despite apology and regret by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Azam Khan and said there were people worse than Naresh Agarwal in the opposition and dubbed the opposition members as 'selfish, opportunist, shameless and blind' and held them responsible for weakening the democracy.

He said those who were not here to listen to my reply could face dire consequences till he was in power but later corrected himself saying per hum aisa karenge nahien as people would give a befitting reply to them and claimed that 70 per cent of them would not return to the House after the elections.

He repeatedly gave a clean chit to Governor TV Rajeswar. The chief minister said that the governor was simple and well-intentioned but was being misguided by the Congress which was pressuring him to send adverse reports against his government.

Reacting to Lalji Tandon's comment that Naresh Agarwal should resign as Kalraj Mishra, a minister in the BJP regime, had done when a member had made wild allegations of corruption against Mishra, the chief minister said that Mishra was actually involved in corruption and he (Mulayam) had protected him. "I want to bring it on record that I saved Kalraj Mishra though the allegations were true", he added.

The Congress agents had taken money for creating hurdles in the way of setting up an industry of Reliance. The chief minister alleged saying that the Congress had no problems in SEZs being established in other states because its target was Uttar Pradesh and his government. He held the Congress responsible for illiteracy and poverty as it served the political purposes of the Congress.

The Central government's coffers were opened for the Congress-ruled state like Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand while various development projects of the state were pending with the Centre for obvious reasons.

Quoting various reports, Mulayam Singh Yadav claimed that the maximum number pf farmers had committed suicide in the Congress-ruled states while no case of suicide by farmers was reported in Uttar Pradesh where the farmers were the most benefited lot. The Congress-led Central Government had announced a special package of Rs 18,000 croresfor Vidarbha in Maharashtra but there was nothing for UP.

Expressing concern over the 1.5 per cent contribution of the agriculture sector in the country's economic growth of 8.5 per cent, the chief minister gave figures to establish that 78 per cent farmers of Punjab were in debt followed by Karnataka-64 per cent, Maharashtra-54 per while it was only 40 per cent in Uttar Pradesh and claimed that UP was performing much better on all fronts than many other states.

First Published: Jan 25, 2007 19:54 IST