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Mulayam to make it tough for Sonia

Wednesday 5 April 2006

Pioneer News Service/ Lucknow

Samajwadi Party president and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, on Tuesday, decided to pitch a strong candidate against Congress president Sonia Gandhi in the Rae Bareli bypoll.

Mr Yadav urged the party cadre to pull up their socks to ensure the defeat of Ms Gandhi in the Lok Sabha bypoll. Addressing a meeting of the State executive, Mr Yadav claimed that the Congress had lost support at the grass-root level in Rae Bareli and cited the results of the recent panchayat elections to buttress his point.

Training guns at the Congress president, Mr Yadav said that there was no sacrifice in Ms Gandhi resignation as she was left with no other option but to quit or else the Election Commission would have disqualified her for holding an office of profit.

Accusing the Congress of adopting double standards, Mr Yadav said that Parliament had been reconvened on May 10, two days after the bypoll in Rae Bareli, to ensure that Ms Gandhi is back in the Lok Sabha.

Mr Yadav reiterated that the Congress had unleashed a villification campaign against Samajwadi Party leaders and was hell bent on maligning the image of his Government.

Stating that the forthcoming Assembly election in the State would decide the destiny of the Third Front in national politics, Mr Yadav asked his party cadre to pull up their socks and ensure that the party emerges as a major player in national politics.

"The formation of a Samajwadi Party Government in UP after the next Assembly election is necessary as it would decide the course of political alignments in national politics," said Mr Yadav.

Mr Yadav said that most of the village pradhans, zila panchayat members and block pramukhs owing allegiance to the Congress had lost the panchayat polls. "The Samajwadi Party candidate even captured the post of Rae Bareli zila panchayat chairman," said Mr Yadav.

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