Alleges conspiracy by Centre
Warns against imposing President's ruleUrges Pasis to back Samajwadi Party
LUCKNOW: A day after the announcement of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election schedule, Chief Minister, Mulayam Singh kick-started the Samajwadi Party's poll campaign by renewing his attack on the United Progressive Alliance Government. Mr. Singh said that notwithstanding the announcement of the poll schedule, the Centre was still conspiring to dismiss his Government and impose President's rule.
Addressing the Pasi (a Dalit sub-caste) rally at the Bijli Pasi Fort here on Thursday, the Chief Minister said that after the turnout in the rally the Central Government would have second thoughts on dismissing his Government. Mr. Singh warned the Centre that it would pay heavily if President's rule was imposed.
Stating that the Model Code of Conduct had been enforced, Mr. Singh appealed to the Pasis to support the Samajwadi Party, the only party which could "guarantee them their due rights." Taking pot-shots at the Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party, he said they were sympathetic towards the rich and were not bothered about the welfare of the poor. He said six Samajwadi MPs belonged to the Pasi sub-caste.
He said Thursday was a historic day (in reference to the huge turnout) and added that the next historic day would be May 11, 2007 (when the counting of votes begins).
Mr. Singh said there was a need to widen the ambit of the Kanya Vidya Dhan scheme by including the "High School pass" girls in the list of recipients.
National general secretary of the party Amar Singh lauded the contribution of the Pasis and noted the help rendered by the samaj (society) to Food and Civil Supplies Minister Raghuraj Pratap Singh, alias Raja Bhaiyya, when he was in distress during the previous regime.
Governor sends another report
Uttar Pradesh Governor T.V. Rajeswar has sent to the Union Home Ministry, another report which, sources say, carries apprehensions of horse-trading when Chief Minister Mulayam Singh proves his majority in the Legislative Assembly on February 26.
The report said that after the announcement of the Assembly elections schedule, the floor test became infructuous, the sources said.
The report also said the law and situation was bad.
There was no confirmation from the Raj Bhavan of the Governor sending this report.