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TVR Simple, misguided by congress: CM

Posted by Ramoo on January 26, 2007

HT Correspondent
Lucknow, January 25

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…dubs Oppn as selfish, opportunist

CHIEF MINISTER Mulayam Singh Yadav was in his element today, as he came down heavily on his political rivals and adversaries. Replying to the debate on motion of thanks to the Governor’s address in the Vidhan Sabha, he spared no one and used all kinds of adjectives against his opponents.

The Chief Minister strongly condemned the opposition for boycotting the House despite apology and regrets by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Azam Khan. Saying that there were people worse than Naresh Agarwal in the Opposition, he dubbed the opposition members as ‘selfish, opportunist, shameless and blind’ and held them responsible for weakening the democracy.

He said that those who were not present to listen to his reply could face serious consequences, but later corrected himself, saying “Par Hum Aisa Karenge Nahin” as the people would give them a befitting reply. He claimed that 70 per cent of them would not return to the House after the elections.

Giving a clean chit to Governor TV Rajeswar, the Chief Minister said that the Governor was simple and well-meaning but was being misguided by the Congress which was pressurising him to send adverse reports against the UP government.

Reacting to Lalji Tandon’s comment that Naresh Agarwal should resign as Kalraj Mishra, a minister in the BJP regime, had done when a member had made wild allegations of corruption against Mishra, the Chief Minister said that Mishra was actually involved in corruption and he (Mulayam) had protected him. “I want to bring it on record that I saved Kalraj Mishra though the allegations were true”, he added.

The Congress agents had taken money for creating hurdles in setting up an industry of Reliance group, the Chief Minister alleged, saying that the Congress had no problems in SEZs being established in other states because its target was Uttar Pradesh and his government. He held the Congress responsible for illiteracy and poverty as it served the political purposes of the party. The Central Government’s coffers were open for Congress-ruled states like Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand but various developmental projects of UP were pending with the Centre for obvious reasons, he regretted while claiming credit for introducing several welfare schemes, including unemployment allowance and Kanya Dhan Yojana in the State.

Quoting various reports, Yadav claimed that the maximum number of farmers had committed suicide in Congress-ruled states, with Karnataka, (where the Congress ruled for a long time), at the top with 5910 suicides,while no case of farmers’ suicides was reported in Uttar Pradesh where the farmers were the most benefited lot. The Congress-led Central Government had announced a special package of Rs 18,000 crore for Vidarbha in Maharashtra but there was nothing for UP.

Expressing concern over 1.5 per cent contribution of the agriculture sector in the country’s economic growth of 8.5 per cent, the Chief Minister gave figures to establish that 78 per cent farmers of Punjab were in debt followed by Karnataka (64 per cent) and Maharashtra (54 per cent) while the figure stood at only 40 per cent in UP and claimed that UP was performing much better on all fronts than many other states.

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