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Congress misusing Governor’s office: Mulayam

Monday 6 November 2006, by KHAN*Atiq

U.P. Chief Minister dismisses allegations of rigging in local elections

LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Sunday dismissed allegations of misuse of official machinery and rigging by the ruling Samjawadi Party in the civic elections. The results of the polls would be announced on Monday.

At a press conference here, Mr. Yadav criticised the Congress for misusing the office of the Governor to create a false impression and said it had found a willing ally in the Bharatiya Janata Party, which too had raised the bogey of poll irregularities.

Both parties had demanded the dismissal of the State Government and imposition of President’s rule in the light of the widespread violence and alleged booth capturing and rigging by the Samajwadi Party in the local elections.

Will President’s rule be imposed in Uttar Pradesh alone and not in other States? Mr. Yadav said. (Assembly elections are due next year in Uttarakhand and Punjab, both Congress-ruled States). He wanted to know whether President’s rule was imposed in the State when the Congress and the BJP were in power.

Instead of going to the people, the sole agenda of the Congress was submitting memoranda to the Governor and the State Election Commission.

Mr. Yadav accused both parties of ignoring issues such as illiteracy, drinking water supply, decline in food grains production and threat to internal security. While his Government and his party were worried about the welfare of farmers and the common man, the Congress and the BJP were more interested in seeking his ouster.

Free and fair polls

Even as he refused to comment on the Governor’s role, he lauded the State Election Commission for conducting free and fair elections. Impartial elections were held in the State for the first time. The Opposition parties were worried at the prospect of urban voters supporting the Samajwadi Party, he said.

Mr. Yadav denied differences with alliance partner Ajit Singh, saying they were "media creation." He also played down the reported understanding between Jan Morcha convener V.P. Singh and CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat.

Dismissing reports of starvation deaths and suicides in Bundelkhand region, he alleged the false propaganda was the outcome of vote bank politics of parties that had no ideology, programme or policies.

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