Mulayam Asks Governor To Dismiss Maya Govt

Lucknow, Octobe 23: | Updated: Oct 24 2002, 05:30am hrs
Samajwadi Party (SP) president Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday asked Uttar Pradesh governor Vishnu Kant Shastri to immediately dismiss the Mayawati government.

Addressing a press conference after a meeting of SP legislators here, Mr Yadav said, the BJP-BSP coalition government, led by Mayawati, has been reduced to a minority and it was time the government has been dismissed by the governor.

He said that a group of Bharatiya Janata Party legislators had formed a separate forum while indepenents, who were supporting the alliance, had also expressed displeasure over their non-inclusion in the cabinet after the recent expansion.

The leader of the Samajwadi Party lauded the disgruntled BJP legislators and said, by revolting against the government, they have made a sincere effort to save the state.

He said that political situation in UP was grave and the very fact that Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee had to leave Lucknow without replying a volley of questions expected at the press meet. When asked whether he would request the governor in clear terms by writing to him, he said, let the government first fall.

He said that he was hopeful of Congress support as our party leaders are in constant touch with Congress leadership and we are hopeful that the party will lend support to us in government formation. To a question if he still considered Sonia Gandhi as a foreigner and opposed her candidature as Prime Minister, without elaborating he said that he had raised the issue then and it was later hijacked by others like Mr Sangma and Ms Jayalalithaa.