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Mayawati goes; U.P. Governor asks Mulayam for list

The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Mayawati, showing the copy of her resignation letter handed over to the Uttar Pradesh Governor, Vishnu Kant Shastri, at a press conference in Lucknow on Tuesday. — Photo: Subir Roy

The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Mayawati, showing the copy of her resignation letter handed over to the Uttar Pradesh Governor, Vishnu Kant Shastri, at a press conference in Lucknow on Tuesday. — Photo: Subir Roy  

LUCKNOW AUG. 26. The Uttar Pradesh Governor, Vishnu Kant Shastri, today asked the Samajwadi Party leader, Mulayam Singh Yadav, to submit a list of his supporters in the Assembly to substantiate his claim to form a Government in the State.

Mr. Yadav has been asked to submit the list by tomorrow so that the Governor could take a decision.

The SP leader had earlier called on the Governor to stake his claim to form a Government as his party was the single largest group in the Assembly. He had cited various examples in the past when the single largest party alone had been invited to form the Government. He told the Governor that he would prove his majority on the floor of the Assembly when needed.

The Chief Minister, Mayawati, who had recommended the dissolution of the Assembly yesterday today tendered her resignation, simultaneously expressing her unwillingness to continue as the caretaker Chief Minister anymore.

Pre-emptive move

Ms. Mayawati seemed to have taken the move to resign to pre-empt the imposition of President's rule in the State. She said she had deliberately taken 24 hours to resign after she had recommended the dissolution of the Assembly. Had she resigned yesterday, her action would have led to constitutional problems, making it difficult for the Governor to impose President's rule.

Talking to newspersons after handing over her resignation letter to the Governor, Ms. Mayawati said the leaders of the BJP and other parties had been "propagating" that she was power-hungry and wanted to cling to the post. But this was contrary to her nature or principles. For her political power was only to fulfil her social objectives.

Ms. Mayawati alleged that horse-trading had already started to allure MLAs from other parties. As many as 40 BJP MLAs were on the verge of leaving the party. They were ready to form a party of their own and would bargain with any one who was invited to form the next Government. She had urged the Governor to see that no one was allowed to play with democratic values.

Asked what would happen if the Governor did not accept her recommendation to dissolve the Assembly she said this would only affect the political health of the BJP. Some dissident BJP MLAs had established contacts with her own party legislators to allure them to support an alternative Government. The BSP MLAs had, however, refused to fall into the trap, she added.

She ridiculed the BJP leaders for their claim that they had withdrawn their support to her Government before her recommendations to dissolve the Assembly. If their contention was correct, how was it that BJP Ministers were present at the Cabinet meeting where she had taken the decision to dissolve the Assembly.

Also, no BJP Minister had resigned from her Government till today. "How can they continue as Ministers in my Government, if the BJP had withdrawn its support to me?," she asked. The letter on behalf of the BJP to withdraw the party support to her was only for political manipulations, Ms. Mayawati said.

She ridiculed the Union Minister for Agriculture, Rajnath Singh, for his remarks that the BJP had lost its political base following its understanding with the BSP.

In the elections of 2002 there was no alliance between the BJP and the BSP. "How was it that the BJP suffered so badly in these elections?," she asked.

Replying to another question she said it would be doubly beneficial to her if the BJP helped the Samajwadi Party to form the next Government. The BJP would be "finished" as a result of such an exercise and there would be a direct fight between the SP and the BSP to grab power in the State.

Kalyan, Cong. support

The Rashtriya Kranti Party leader, Kalyan Singh, has meanwhile extended his party's support to a Samajwadi Party Government saying that Mr. Yadav would be able to prove his majority on the floor of the Assembly.

PTI reports:

The Uttar Pradesh PCC president, Jagadambica Pal, and the CLP leader, Pramod Tewari, would call on the Governor tomorrow to convey to him Congress support to the Samajwadi Party to form an alternative Government.

"The party has 16 MLAs and is opposed to the idea of its dissolution. A secular alternative government in the State should be formed to pave the way for stability," Mr. Tewari said.

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