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Kalyan Singh demands imposition of President's rule in UP

LUCKNOW: The Congress and the Rashtriya Lok Dal submitted letters withdrawing support to the Mulayam Singh Yadav Government to Uttar Pradesh Governor T.V. Rajeswar at the Raj Bhavan here on Thursday.

While the Congress delegation, led by State Congress president Salman Khurshid, met the Governor at 10 a.m., the RLD, led by Legislature Party leader Kokab Hameed, met him at 1 p.m. The RLD had pulled out from the Government on January 6, while the Congress withdrew support on Wednesday.

Moral duty

Mr. Khurshid and Congress Legislature Party leader Pramod Tiwari said the party considered it its moral duty to oppose the present regime "in the interests of the State and democracy."

Mr. Khurshid said the Congress withdrew support as the Mulayam Government failed to live up to the party's aspirations, and as it had become insensitive to the common man's woes.

Seats allotted

Both the Congress and the RLD MLAs were allotted seats in the Opposition benches on Thursday.

PTI adds from Varanasi:

A day after the Congress withdrew support to the Mulayam Government, the BJP on Thursday demanded imposition of President's rule in Uttar Pradesh saying political instability had gripped the state.

``After the withdrawal of support by the Rashtriya Lok Dal and the Congress, the State is in the grip of political instability,'' senior BJP leader Kalyan Singh told reporters here.

The political situation in the State was fit for imposition of President's rule, the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said adding his party would support such a move in Parliament.

Congress, RLD flayed

Mr. Singh, in-charge of party affairs in UP, however, lashed out at the Congress and the RLD for withdrawing support at the fag end of the Mulayam regime.

``These parties reaped benefits of power for more than three years and decided to withdraw their support only at the fag end to keep a safe distance from Mulayam Singh Yadav Government's misgovernance,'' he said.

To a question, Mr. Singh said the BJP was not keen on moving a no-confidence motion against the Mulayam Government in the ongoing Assembly session as other parties would not support it.

`Identify prime accused'

Accusing a senior political leader of patronising the prime accused in grisly Nithari killings, he said the CBI probe should identify the person.

On upcoming Assembly polls in UP, he said if the Central rule was not imposed in the State ahead of the battle of ballot, the Election Commission should take all measures for holding free and fair polls.