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Mulayam rules out early UP elections

Written by: Staff

Lucknow, Mar 4 (UNI) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav today ruled out early assembly elections in the state ''despite a disinformation campaign mounted by the Congress''.

Addressing a gathering of newly-elected Block Pramukhs here, Yadav said the elections to the state assembly would take place as per schedule. ''The government is going strong despite a disinformation campaign being launched by Congress projecting the ruling coalition losing grounds.'' He alleged that whenever the Congress came to power at the Centre, it tried to destabilise non-Congress governments in states.

The Samajwadi Party Chief claimed his party was not afraid of polls and was ready to take on any political rival.

Referring to a book authored by a former Intelligence Bureau joint director, Mr Yadav said efforts were on to project him as an ISI agent. ''I do not need any certificate from any quarter to prove my patriotism.'' He maintained that the February 28 Allahabad High Court judgement on 40 BSP rebel MLAs who had joined the SP in September, 2003 would have no negative impact on the ruling coalition. ''The split verdict is not against the government...it merely asked the speaker to reconsider the case of rebel MLAs.'' Mr Yadav said there was a threat to his life and claimed that a ''hit list'' recovered from a terrorist in Muzzafarnagar had his as well as his son Akhilesh Yadav's name on it.


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